Zoexpertiz: bringing culture and business together
The friendly smile of Merin and his team greets visitors to his feed processing center outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There, the young entrepreneur has started a phenomenal animal feed operation that he hopes to scale all across Ethiopia.
Merin has always been inspired to improve agriculture. Growing up in a small city in Ethiopia, he was aware of the need for nutrient-rich animal feed. Healthier animals produce more meat. More meat means more protein in the diets of Ethiopians, many of whom are severely deficient.
His business hopes to solve this problem. The process starts with composted agricultural waste and turns it into nutrient-rich animal feed. Merin’s process is multi-faceted. First, he partners with local farmers, collecting their corn husks, and other inedible plant waste. Second, the material is ground up into a meal. Third, the meal is placed in plastic drums where it ferments. In the fermentation process, the material turns into a high-protein meal for animals and livestock. Merin then sells this product to farmers for animal feed.
Happy Animals, Happy Farmers
The entire process from start to finish is sustainable, low-cost, and incredibly useful for Ethiopia’s livestock and agriculture sectors. Ultimately Merin hopes to scale far beyond Addis and into the Ethiopian countryside where farmers could desperately use his product. Currently, most Ethiopians buy expensive imported feeds, and toss tons and tons of agricultural waste. Therefore, his business is a win for both sectors.
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