It is been one year since we opened our first camel farm in Somalia. We are happy to inform that the camel farm in Somalia has been profitable. After evaluation of the last 12 months, we have decided to make a few changes to the camel milk revenue sharing with the investors. We are making the following updates. These changes will apply from January 1 for camels bought before today. 1. Our assessment before the opening of our first farm indicated that we will be able to get milk from lactating camels for up to 18 months, however, the results from the past year show that 12 months to be the average period. We are shortening the lactation period when users get dividends from milk sales from 18 months to 12 months. That means users will get milk revenues for 4 quarters instead of 6. 2. However, we are increasing the quarterly camel milk dividends from 5% to 8%. If you have got a dividend from past quarters, we will pay the difference in the next quarter. 2. We are shortening the requirement to own 50% of a camel to be eligible for milk revenues to 30% of camel shares. Any user who owns from 30% of a camel will get a share of the revenues from milk sales. 4. We are introducing an option to breed the camels after 12 months, provided the owner pays the maintenance costs during the pregnancy. Users who wish to breed their camels after 12 months of ownership will need to pay a maintenance cost of $60 per month for 13 months. The user must own 100% of the camel. We will add more details about this in the next month.
We are delighted to announce the planning and construction of three new farms in the next few months. After a review of the pilot greenhouse farm we built recently and other greenhouse projects in Somalia, We have found good results and decided to start new projects. We will be starting the construction of our second greenhouse farm outside Mogadishu. This farm is located inside Mogadishu city and will be about 1400m2. We will be growing tomatoes here. We expect the farm to be ready by the end of November. We are also announcing the first camel farm in central Somalia. We are going to open this farm outside Galkacyo city and will have a capacity for 50 camels. Galkacyo is one of the cities in Somalia where camel milk is most popular. The farm will meet the demand for organic milk for the residents and businesses in this city. Also in Galkacyo, we are planning to build the biggest greenhouse farm in Somalia. We plan to start the construction of this farm by the start of the new year. It will consist of 50 greenhouse units with a total size of 9,800m2 and possibility to extend to 200 greenhouse units with a total size of 40,000m2. We hope this farm to meet the vegetable needs of Galkacyo city and other towns in this region. Users in the waiting list will get priority to invest in these greenhouses. You will receive an e-mail from us in the next days/weeks. If you have not joined the waiting list, sign up today. Ari.farm Team
Here is the latest monthly update for September: 1. In September we have started and completed the construction of the pilot greenhouse in central Somalia. We flew materials and an engineer from Nairobi to the site to build the farm and train our team. Due to the extreme wind in the area, we decided to reduce the size of the greenhouse to 644 sqm. The farm has been designed with a drip irrigation system to conserve water. 2. After the completion of the construction and planting of vegetables, we opened investment for users. Over 250 people have joined the waiting list to invest. When the orders opened, the greenhouse sold out very quickly. Users who are in the waiting list but did not get a chance to invest at this time will get priority for the next project, which we hope to start before the end of the year. 3. We have now distributed the first camel milk dividends from the last quarter to users who have owned camels in this period. 4. In September, we participated at Stockholm Tech Fest where we won an award for the second year in a row. We received a new award called Alma New Award for the innovative project. We were also present at Gather Festival and Me Convention in Stockholm.
We have now completed the construction of the pilot greenhouse farm at Bandar Qaali, Mudug and planting of tomatoes. It took our team just 10 days to build the first greenhouse of 644 square meters. The greenhouse farm has been designed with a drip irrigation system and will get water from the nearby village well, which is powered by solar panels. If you joined the waiting list to invest in this farm, we are now sending e-mails to users who are first in the queue. If you do not receive an e-mail from us, it means this greenhouse has sold out. However, you will keep your position on the waiting list for the next project. We are going to test the production of this greenhouse in the next three to four months. Depending on the outcome, we will build more greenhouses across the region.
It is underway! We have finally started the construction of the pilot greenhouse farm in Somalia. The farm will consist of four small greenhouses of 23x7sqm each. We initially planned to build a farm of over 1000sqm but after a survey of the area, we decided to reduce the size of the farm to 644m2. We expect the construction and the planting to be completed by next week. As we have announced before, we will grow tomatoes here. We estimate the first harvest to be made before the end of the year. Based on the results from this pilot farm, we will make a decision on whether and where to build more greenhouses. Orders are now open to purchase a piece of this greenhouse farm. If you joined the waiting list, you will get an e-mail from us giving instructions on how to make your purchase. It is likely this greenhouse farm will sell out very quickly and all users on the waiting list may not get a chance to participate now. In that case, we will keep your position on the waiting list for the next greenhouses.
The month of August has been a busy one. Here are the biggest events of the last month. 1. We officially opened the first camel farm in Kenya. The new camel farm which is located about 30 minutes from Nairobi has a capacity for up to 40 camels. The first animals have moved this week, together with two camel herders who will take care of the animals. The camels will be occasionally taken out for grazing in the nearby fields but have plenty of food and water at the farm. 2. We had a short delay for the start of the construction of the pilot greenhouse. All the materials have been shipped to the site and the construction team will travel the coming days. We expect the construction to start by the end of next week and will take about 3 weeks to complete. Over 240 users have now joined the waiting list to participate in this farm. 3. The app and the website have been redesigned to improve the navigation and access to information. We have listened to feedback from the community and are continuously improving the app user experience. Now you can easily see which farms you have invested in as well as plenty of information about the farms and the overall operation. 4. In August, we were one of the winners of Shanghai Global Talents & Innovation Conference pitching competition organised by Techcode in Berlin. 5. In August there has been a major blow to livestock traders in Somalia after Saudi Arabia which takes 65% of Somalia's livestock exports returned a ship carrying 27.000 goats and sheep citing disease although other reports say this is political play to pressure the government of Somalia. This issue could have major effect on livestock trading in Somalia, specially goats and sheep including the operation of our farm in Mudug, Somalia. The extent of this problem will become more clear in the coming months. 6. Due to ethnic conflict in Eastern Ethiopia, the price of basic vegetables such as tomatoes has increased by over 150% in Northern/Central Somalia. Most of nothern regions of Somalia import basic vegetables from Ethiopia. Through our upcoming greenhouse farms we hope to help these regions produce their own food. That is all for August. We are looking forward to a productive September. Jimale
We are delighted to announce the opening of our first camel farm in Kenya. The first five camels have now moved in the farm outside Nairobi. The animals will have food, water and medicine at the farm. They will also occationally go out for grazing to the nearby grasslands . The farm will provide fresh camel milk to Nairobi city. We have already customers who are waiting to receive the first supply of milk from the farm. Four peole will be employed by this operation. Two camel herders who will be responsible for taking care of the animals, one broker who is buying camels for us from Eastern Kenya and one employee who will be responsible for the sales of the milk and logistics. Just like the other camel farm in Somalia, anyone from anywhere can invest in these animals and get a share of the revenues from the milk sales. If you will like to become one of the first camel owners in Kenya go to the SHOP and make your purchase today.
You could always send specific animals as a gift to friends and family from our app and now you can send a gift voucher to your loved ones which they can use on our platform to buy whatever they like. The process is very simple. 1. Provide their name, e-mail and a personal note. 2. Make the purchase and our system will e-mail them your note and the gift voucher with a unique code. 3. They can use the code to pay for their order on Ari.farm. If you will like to try, check gift certificates under Info section.
We have done a major design update to the website and the app, following feedback from the community. We have improved the user experience and navigation. It will be easier from now on to find information and make purchases. We have added more information about the farms. We are still updating some elements so please explore and if you find anything that is broken or other errors please let's know. Jimale
Dear Community, Since June there has been several updates. 1. We are soon opening the first camel farm in Kenya. We have leased a land outside Nairobi and are now waiting the first animals to arrive in the next couple weeks. The farm will provide fresh camel milk to the residents of Nairobi city. The farm will also create several jobs for people who will take care of the animals. The investment model will be similar to the farm in Mogadishu, Somalia. We plan to build more camel farms as they have been most profitable. 2. The response for the upcoming greenhouse farms have been amazing. So far more than 200 people have joined the waiting list for the pilot greenhouse farm that we are building in central Somalia. I am happy to announce that we have now everything ready to start the construction. We have found an experienced engineer who will travel from Kenya to train our Somalia team and build the pilot greenhouse. The land, water and people who will work at the greenhouse are all ready. We are starting the construction in three weeks. 3. We have now published more information about how the greenhouse investment will work. You can read more in the app or here. In the next few days we will open orders for the first users on the waiting list. We will use the money raised to cover the construction cost of the greenhouses. We expect the greenhouses will be ready and planted by the begining of September. 4. The operational cost for the goats and sheep farm in Mudug has been too high in recent months, therefore we have decided not to add new animals for now as we evaluate ways to reduce costs. 5. The app has also been updated. You can now see the farms where you have invested in and you can also browse more information about every farm. More updates will be coming the next few weeks.
Dear community, Since the launch of Ari.farm we have been getting requests from users who will like to invest in other agricultural products. Today, I am delighted to announce that we are soon expanding to food. This will increase our impact and diversify our offering. We are building greenhouse farms to produce organic food in Somalia. We already built a small greenhouse at our camel farm outside Mogadishu to train our team on how to build greenhouses with drip irrigation. The greenhouses will produce vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumber, etc. We are setting up the first pilot greenhouse near our goats/sheep farm in Bandar Qaali, Mudug in August 2018. There is already available water and land there. Another reason why we want to start here is because there is a shortage of vegetables in this region. We want to provide locally produced quality vegetables at affordable prices. This will improve the food security of this region and create jobs. Depending on the outcome from the pilot greenhouses we will expand to other regions in the north and south Somalia and possibly Kenya. We also want to take advantage in smart farming solutions and test new farming technologies at the farms. As always we want to include our global community to participate in this venture. Just like the animals users will be able to invest in the greenhouse farms. We are still working on the investment model, specifics will be announced later. If you want to be one of the first people to get the opportunity to participate, you can register your interest in the waiting list here. Jimale