I am an International Development Expert, Agriculture Economist and Business Development Consultant. I have worked for the government sector, private sector as well as the international non-governmental organisations sector. Throughout my professional development career I have worked to achieve impact at small scale farmers and at business level by creating economic opportunities that can be sustained and promote long term economic inclusion and growth. I have supported innovative inclusive business models as well as incubating and scalling-up more promising business.
Marg Thank you for your comment. What I would like to point out is that $800 is the cost of the greenhouse considering the longest distance we have envisaged. From our financial model in the worksheet named " Assumptions' you will see that the cost of materials for one greenhouse is $320.42. However the main difference comes from the distance traveled which determines the installation costs. Installation costs on a 30km radius amounts to $23.54 on a radius of 180km the installation costs become $181 while for long distance it becomes $335. So we add these installation costs to the costs of materials. We will then add a small profit margin. Thus in short the price will range depending on distance and $800 is the estimated price on the furthest distance. We see the greenhouses costing about $450-$500 on the shortest distance of up to 30km.
We also look forward to facilitate access to appropriate and affordable finance for the farmers so that they access the greenhouses. We have also thought of other models where we can do rent to buy options and lease arrangements for individuals or groups of farmers. It is also important to mentioned that the we anticipate the payback period of the investment to be around 6 months meaning that the farmers can do a down payment and pay the remainder as they produce.