Branding, beans packaging, by Agbaji Chinedu

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Today’s Agri-business

Food is a necessity because it is necessary for the growth and maintenance of the human body. The benefits humans receive from food cannot be replicated by nutritional supplements.

The proper foods provide calcium to build and strengthen bones, protein and iron for muscle maintenance, and other nutrients that allow the optimal functioning of the body’s organs.

Beans are one of such foods that the body needs for optimal growth. It is rich in B vitamins and folic acid, contains minerals including iron, selenium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, and is high in fiber.

Beans branding and packaging is a very viable business opportunity anyone can venture into today, now is the season you can buy to store with PICS Bags not with chemicals or package in different kilogram and sell, with the increasing establishment of departmental stores across the country the demand is high.

In this business, all you need to do is to buy beans from farmers in bags and pre-clean them with a pre-cleaner or manual if you don’t have such a machine. Pre-cleaning is to make it chaff and stone-free before bagging into different sizes you want to such as 1kg, 2kg, etc.

Beans belong to the family of crops referred to as legumes. There are many varieties of beans but the type used in preparing Nigerian beans recipes are the kidney-shaped black-eyed beans and the brown beans.

The demand for beans is high both in the southern and northern parts of the country. Beans are mostly cooked to make a variety of recipes. Sometimes the bean coat is removed in the process of preparing the recipe.

Varieties of Beans

White Beans: White beans are a common type of bean also called haricot or navy beans, full of fibre, iron, and foliate.

Honey Beans: These beans are a naturally sweeter version of black-eyed peas. It has a unique lightly sweet taste that works when cooked by itself or in complicated West African recipes like Moin-Moin (Bean cakes) or Akara (Bean Fritters).

Brown Beans: This is very nutritious. It has a unique lightly sweet taste that works when cooked by itself or in complicated West African recipes like Moin-Moin (Bean cakes) or Akara (Bean Fritters).

Black Beans: These beans Improve cardiovascular health, high levels of antioxidants which help protect cancer, A high source of filling fibre, improves digestion, and helps keep sugar levels stable.

Use Of Beans

Moi Moi – The beans coat is removed by a special technique and the beans are blended and cooked with ingredients.

Akara – This is another Nigerian food recipe where bean coat is removed, the seeds blended and deep-fried to make balls known as bean cakes. It is a very popular breakfast meal.

Ewa Agoyin – Also known as beans & stew. Is a good way to enjoy beans even if you are not a fan of beans. It tastes oh-so-good with soft, stretchy bread.

Beans Porridge – Here, beans are cooked on their own with added ingredients. Variety is achieved by adding yam, plantain, sweet potato, or baby corn.

Rice and Beans – This is one of those recipes that were derived to reduce the flatulence associated with beans. As the name implies, two major staples are used in cooking this recipe.

‘Fried’ Beans – In this recipe, beans are boiled and fried in red palm oil. It has a very traditional taste.

Machines and Material Needed for Beans Packaging Business

Beans Threshing Machine: This is farm equipment that threshes grain, that is, it removes the seeds from the stalks and husks. You need it because all the beans that you buy in the market come with husk.

Pre-Cleaner: This is used to make the beans stone and chaff free after husking before packaging into a smaller kg bag. After buying the beans from the farmers or open market pre-cleaning process is applied for the beans to look clean and ready to cook.

Nylon Sealing Machine: Nylon sealing machine is used to seal the bean bags. It ranges from N7500 to N350,000.

Packaging Materials: Branded nylon that is food grade should be used and properly labelled for the packaging.

Coding Machine: A coding machine is required to code the nylon and fix the date of production and expiring dates.

Weighing Scale: You must have a scale to make sure that appropriate measurement has been taken before packaging.

Why Branding and Beans Packaging as a Business Venture?

Branding and beans packaging is a profitable business to venture into, you can make good profits from it, especially now that we have beans in the open market preserved with chemicals that are harmful to the health.

If your beans are well branded and packaged in kilograms, the demand will be high as consumers will like to know the source of the beans they are buying. If you intend to preserve your beans for future use, you can use PICS BAGS it has no chemical and can preserve grains especially beans for a long time.

NOTE: The time to venture into this business is now!

Agbaji Chinedu can be reached via <learnder@gmail.com>

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