last updated 04-Jun-2018
We envision a medium scale palm oil plantation and mill in Oyo State, Nigeria, including a 1000 hectare (2500 acre) plantation of Tenera-type hybrid oil palm trees producing 5 and 10 million kg of fresh fruit bunches of palm fruit per year, and a mill that will process this fruit to yield more than 1 million litres of cooking grade palm oil annually.
Currently, we have planted approximately 200 acres with about 8,000 trees, which have been bearing fruit since around 2007. After producing approximately 100 litres of oil in 2010, the production increased exponentially until 2013. Since 2015 we have average a little over 10,000 litres per year in oil production, with a peak of 12,220 litres produced in 2016. Since early in 2012 we have been processing our own fruit, using semi-automated equipment purchased from NIFOR (Nigerian Institute For Oil-palm Research), and installed in our new building on the grounds of The Good Samaritan Society Mission Village. Our tractor and heavy duty disc harrow arrived in 2012 to help keep the farms free from fire and to facilitate additional crop farming in open spaces and spaces between the trees.
The following graphs show how the oil production has leveled out after earlier exponential growth.
Palm oil production so far in 2018 is the highest ever through April, though since 2015 there has not been much change January - May production. Additional staff has been hired to ensure farm conditions are maintened well enough to experience further growth in fruit in production.
Oil prices unexpectedly dropped toward the end of 2017. Combined with the unanticapted drop in seedling sales and the drop in fruit production, 2017 did not end well financially. We expect much better results in 2018.
See the History page for a brief photo history of the project. More photos can be found on the Photos page, with a few detailed reports linked under Reports. Check out the Maps and the Videos! Questions or comments? Go to the Contact Us page.
The image below was taken in April of this year. The large pile of kernels and fibers is waiting for after the peak of the season to find time to sort, dry and crack the kernels.