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Agriculture in Africa

to feed our growing world

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The DRC is the world’s best hope for the next

high-volume, low-cost
producer of the key crops

needed to feed our growing global population.

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three oil palm plantations and decades of research in oil palm seed development.

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Bringing the Brazilian model of large-scale
arable farming to the DRC. Like Brazil,

the DRC has the key traits
to become a tropical agriculture superpower.

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With over 80 million hectares
of arable farmland, the DRC
has the potential to feed over 2 billion people.

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A highly trained and dedicated team of
approximately 4,000 with knowledge
acquired through
100 years of
continuous operation.

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Arable Farming

Arable Farming // Strategy

with the Brazilian model of arable farming

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With 80 million hectares of arable land, climatic diversity, and abundant water, the agronomic potential of the Democratic Republic of Congo is matched only by Brazil. However, like much of the world, the DRC has traditionally relied on small scale agriculture. With rudimentary production technology, poor agricultural practices and lack of investment, DRC agricultural production has been stagnant or in decline.

As one of the few large-scale agricultural companies in a country with ideal agricultural conditions, we see an immense opportunity for Feronia Arable. Our mission is to deliver shareholder value by growing, processing and selling high quality and high value food products to local markets.

The way forward for arable farming in Africa

The Feronia Arable Farming division operates in the Bas Congo Province of the DRC, and is modeled after the extremely successful large-scale, mechanized farming operations of Brazil. We deploy the best of world-class science and agricultural technology to run highly efficient farming. We also provide our workforce with ongoing training in modern agriculture practices to continuously improve our results.

The climate and soil conditions of Bas Congo are highly analogous to those in the prime agricultural regions of Brazil. Bas Congo enjoys slightly higher rainfall and less variance in temperature.

  Brazil Democratic Republic of the Congo
Average temperature 21.5°C 25°2C
Average range 5°C 4.5°C
Highest monthly average 30°C September 31°C
Lowest monthly average 11°C June/July 17°C
Average yearly rainfall 1416 mm 1482 mm
Average monthly rainfall 118 mm 124 mm
Driest weather 0 mm August 2 mm August
Wettest weather 264 mm November 247 mm November
Average annual relative humidity 68.3% 80.3%

Partnerships with landowners

Feronia establishes partnerships with landowners and invests equipment, technical expertise and infrastructure in the partnership. The landowners and communities benefit from a share in profits, job creation and the general development of their region. We also promote out-grower schemes to increase volumes and expand the positive effects of our capital investments in our communities.

For ease of management, our land is divided into 2,000 hectare farm units. Local conditions allow for 2 to 3 crops per annum to be grown in rotation without irrigation. Our farming operations are fully mechanized and use imported tractor units and combine harvesters to maximize productivity.

In 2011, Feronia Arable completed the single largest rice planting in the Congo, planting 1,200 hectares southwest of the capital, Kinshasa.