Equatorial Guinea Launches Rural Roofing Program – compliments MAECI Roofing Project

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The government of Equatorial Guinea has launched a project to replace improve traditional housing by installing zinc roofs on more than 30,000 houses.  Roughly 100,000 Equatorial Guineans will benefit from zinc roofs, which will replace traditional roofs made of the fronds of the nipa palm.

This project for Equatorial Guinea compliments MAECI Roofing Project that was launched in 2010.  MAECI constructed a sheet metal roofing facility in the city of Bata.  This plant is an additional source of roofing materials for the country.

The project, which arose as a result of a survey carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, under Minister Teodoro Nguema Obiang, is aimed at upgrading homes in rural areas and will be carried out throughout the national territory.

Zinc roofs last longer than nipa roofs and allow better protection from the elements.  Nipa roofs also can harbor rats, insects, and other vermin and can pose a health hazard to residents, particularly children.

“This is an important project that will quickly improve the standard of living in rural areas,” said Minister Nguema. “Through efforts like these, Equatorial Guinea is rapidly developing its infrastructure.  Improving health and opportunity in rural areas is a top priority for the Ministry of Agriculture. We hope this will serve as an example for other countries to follow.

MAECI Corn and Soybean Processing Plant close to completion in Equatorial Guinea

Management and Economic Consulting, Inc. (MAECI) is close to completion on their Corn and Soybean processing facility in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea.  The plant is being constructed on the Mongomo Farm, located in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea.  The Mongomo Farm is the site of the countries initial farm project with MAECI, which is a 750 hectare Corn, and Soybean farm and processing center.

  1. MAECI Corn & Soy Bean Processing Plant

The plant’s four grain silos are built and being tested.  These silos will hold over 4,000 tons of grain at a time.   On April 7th, MAECI will start running tests on the Silos to commission the grain handling facility.

The Mongomo farm is expected to produce 2500 tons of corn per year, and 1000 tons of soy beans. The Equatorial Guinea region will produce two harvests per year, making for an extremely efficient production facility.  The processing facility will be managed by MAECI.

The Mongomo Farm is a 100% efficient (no waste) program.  This project is a part of the Green Revolution that has been supported and invested in by the Government of Equatorial Guinea and soon the country will reach an unprecedented level of self-sufficiency in food production, using revenue from its oil sector, because of a bold approach to revamping driven by Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture and Forests H.E. Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE

The Green Revolution, and it is borne out of a three-step assessment of the E.G.’s Food, Agriculture and Economic challenges and opportunities. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo outline the vision in 2007.

Pig Project in Equatorial Guinea expanded by MAECI

 

Recently born piglets at MAECI Farm in Equatorial Guinea

Management and Economic Consulting, Inc. (MAECI) established a pig project in Equatorial Guinea in January of this year.  The pig project is located on the Mongomo Farm, located in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea.  The Mongomo Farm is the site of the countries initial farm project with MAECI.  Pig Project in Equatorial Guinea expanded by MAECI

The pig  project was initiated with 20 piglets, has now produced close to 100 pigs.  The pigs will be raised to full size within the first 9 months.

MAECI is in the process of building 20 New Pig Pens.  These pens are being built by local carpenters in Equatorial Guinea.

Pig Pens being built by local carpenters employed by MAECI

The pigs are expected to grow to a size of 150 – 160 kilograms.  Once they reach full size, some will be sold live in the towns of Mongomo and Bata, and some pigs will be slaughtered and frozen for purchase by the local restaurants, hotels and supermarkets.

The pig project is supervised by Christopher Fombu of MAECI, and managed by MAECI Agriculture Manager Albrecht Albers. This section of the farm is currently maintained by 5 – 7 members of the surrounding villages , and should expand to 15 employees within the next few months.

MAECI is expected to expand the pig project in multiple locations in the country including the provinces of Cogo, Mboete, Niefang, Anisoc, Tegete, Oveng, Moyos, Basile and Riaba.  The pig farm project is expected to produce 500 – 700 tons of pork products per year, which will satisfy the current demand within the country, and bring a product into Equatorial Guinea that has been imported on a limited basis to date.

The Mongomo Farm is a 100% efficient (no waste) program, and organic farm that uses almost no chemical fertilizers.    Everything produced on the farm is sold into the market, and by-products, such as pig waste is used for fertilizer. The pigs are fed with the lower grade (not for human consumption) grain that is grown at the farm, as well as coconut husks that are picked up from a neighboring coconut oil factory.  In addition, MAECI picks up waste from a brewery in Bata that is trucked to the farm for consumption by the pig population.

In addition, the timber output from the deforestation process used to clear the land, is cut into planks for construction of new buildings on the property to house the pigs.  The timber that isn’t of a quality or size to cut into planks, will be used in the charcoal project.  The timber is burned in a kiln, and the charcoal is bagged and sold into the market.  The ash that is produced in the burning process is used as fertilizer on the farm.

This project is a part of the Green Revolution that has been supported and invested in by the Government of Equatorial Guinea and soon the country will reach an unprecedented level of self-sufficiency in food production, using revenue from its oil sector, because of a bold approach to revamping driven by Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture and Forests H.E. Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE

The Green Revolution, and it is borne out of a three-step assessment of the E.G.’s Food, Agriculture and Economic challenges and opportunities. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo outline the vision in 2007.

MAECI training over 100 local residents at Mongomo farm in Equatorial Guinea

Management and Economic Consulting, Inc. (MAECI) continues the training process of local Equatorial Guinean residents that live near the Mongomo Farm site.  The MAECI farm operation has consistently employed 100 village residents, and at times up to 200 local villagers for the purpose of clearing the fields, planting and maintaining the crops.  MAECI has been contracted by the Government of Equatorial Guinea to produce a farming operation of 400 hectares of corn and 100 hectares of soybean, as well as employ and train the people of the country.   Once the locals are trained, they can then go out and start their own farms.  As the project continues to grow, the local areas surrounding the farms will supply the processing plant (that has just been completed) with grain and soybean that will then be processed, and sold to local markets.

Equatorial Guinean villagers working on MAECI Farm Project

 

MAECI employee maintaining Tomato plants

The Mongomo Farm is a 100% efficient (no waste) program.  This project is a part of the Green Revolution that has been supported and invested in by the Government of Equatorial Guinea and soon the country will reach an unprecedented level of self-sufficiency in food production, using revenue from its oil sector, because of a bold approach to revamping driven by Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture and Forests H.E. Teodoro NGUEMA OBIANG MANGUE

The Green Revolution, and it is borne out of a three-step assessment of the E.G.’s Food, Agriculture and Economic challenges and opportunities. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo outlined the vision in 2007.

MAECI Equatorial Guinea Farming Project producing results and training the people of Mongomo

Management and Economic Consulting, Inc. (MAECI) in currently growing a variety of fruits and vegetables on their Mongomo Farm location, in Equatorial Guinea.  Currently, the initial test crop of  3.3 hectares, is growing vegetables which includes (Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Lettuce, Radish, Tomatoes, Egg Plant, Sweet Pepper, Hot Peppers, Green Beans and Carrots).

A section of the MAECI – Equatorial Guinea Vegetable Farm site

 

The MAECI farm project is  producing results and training the people from the surrounding villages.  In the photo below, you will see the MAECI Staff harvesting and packing vegetables ready for market.   A refrigerated truck every Thursday to collect vegetables and transport to the local Market.

MAECI Staff harvesting and packing vegetables ready for market.

 

A refrigerated truck every Thursday to collect vegetables and transport to the local Market.

 

The MAECI staff are tought to propegate seedlings and plant out into the garden. They are tought how to recognise sick or deseased plants, how to apply organic weediside, recognise pests and generally how to run a vegetable garden on a comercial scale.  The MAECI – Equatorial Guinea farm project is 100% organic.  The fruits and vegetables grown on the Mongomo Farm site will be served at the upcoming African Union Summit, scheduled to be held in Equatorial Guinea in June 2011.