“We emphasise and encourage the use of environmentally friendly inputs, materials, means and practices.” Riyadh Mohammed, a livestock scientist, entrepreneur and the lead consultant of R and K Tropical Agriculture Production Ltd, shares insights about his company’s agribusiness development and consultancy services.
It all started when I saw the big gap for paid professionals in our food production and nutrition security private sector.
Making this observation allowed me to realise that many food production stakeholders needed service outside of the conventional working hours of 8 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
I have always been a very practical hands-on individual, and I was driven by nature to pursue excellence, hence my dedicated studies over the years, even without the monetary compensation.
I was further engulfed by the increasing responsibilities of life which led to me to opening a consultancy agency and pursuing my dreams as an Agriculture Consultant, both nationally and regionally.
To this date, I am grateful for my internal drive of problem solving, as this has landed me several international collaborations, jobs and awards.
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Experiences with customers in the agribusiness company
I had the pleasure of aiding several dozen customers over the years from simple tasks such as home gardening tips and lectures to technical training at the tertiary education level to securing multi-million-dollar loans and grants for commercial food producers and suppliers. This was a thrill to know that a simple guy like me could have this much meaningful impact.
Also, I have had several clients that did not pay for my service or pay off their debts even though contracts were signed on both sides. I have considered these acts of charity, as someone would have benefitted from the growing or consumption of food. It was a learning lesson, and experience.
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About the agribusiness development and consultancy company
RKTAP is a limited liability company that germinated in early 2007 as an agricultural consultancy firm. It has grown and expanded over the years to accommodate agronomic, livestock, wildlife and engineering services, agro-processing innovations and stakeholder support services at all levels.
The company has Consultant Partners with many years of experience in various sectors that include: Agriculture/ Horticulture, Social Sector Service Provision, Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Training & Capacity Building, Crop and Livestock Science, Structural Engineering and Water Engineering. Our focus is to grow and develop the Triple Bottom Line; People, Planet, Profit!
The company’s vision is to be the leading agribusiness development and consultancy company in the Neo tropical region by promoting sustainable and circular agribusinesses to improve the livelihoods of all vulnerable groups, rural communities and developing countries.
The mission is to provide relevant, practical and modern agribusiness solutions to tropical food production and nutrition security stakeholders, through the provision of professional products and services as genuine partners.
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From subsistence farming to degrees and entrepreneurship
Riyadh’s earliest memories of farming started as subsistence farming with his family. As a 4th generation descendant of indentured labourers, Riyadh knew about building a relationship with the earth for not only sustenance but a means of survival.
He speaks lovingly of his grandfather “Pape” who grew up in the canefields from the age of 7 to assist his parents in financially supporting his 12 other siblings. Riyadh’s life revolved around agriculture, so much so that the typical passions of adolescents – video games and sports were not his interests.
His certifications include a Master of Business Administration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a Master of Science in Tropical Animal Science and Production (Dist), a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Technology (Hons.), and a Diploma in General Agriculture (Hons).
He is also the co-owner of Exotic Pets Plus Veterinary Clinic (EPP Ltd), host at IBN Growing Trends weekly TV Agricultural program, and a National Agriculture Advisor for Couva Tabaquite Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC), an Agriculture lecturer for the Three R’s learning Center, a committee member for ISO TC 323 on Circular Economy, a committee member of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (National MIRROR Committee), and the President of the Real Agriculture TT Farmers group.
He is currently a PhD candidate in Livestock Science at the UWI and serves as a mentor and lecturer at various international institutions and organisations.
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Riyadh incorporates agriculture into every aspect of his life and is an ambassador for sustainable circular food production and nutrition security.
At the age of 16, he developed his drive for excellence in Agriculture from his family legacy and subsistence gardening. In their research on the “likelihood of students in the formal education system in Trinidad to pursue agriculture as a profession and the implications for development”, indicated that prestigious schools, which at most times are state assisted schools, do not offer agriculture as a subject.
This lends to the perception that “agricultural education is for those students who are less academically inclined”. As a student of Iere High School, a prestigious secondary school in the South West Peninsula, Riyadh can identify with this.
However, this never affected his passion for the career which he now enjoys, so much so that he is willing to share his knowledge and expertise with anyone who is willing to listen.
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Core services offered by R and K Tropical Agriculture Production Ltd
1) Agricultural business plans development (livestock, crops, wildlife farming, integrated farming models, hydroponics, aquaponics)
2) Food production plans (livestock, crops, wildlife farming, integrated farming models, hydroponics, aquaponics)
3) Eco tourism designs and set ups
4) Wildlife conservation and production facilities
5) Veterinary services (house calls and clinic)
6) Scientific paper writing, media publications
7) Real estate services (buying and selling)
8) Lectures and training
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Areas/topics of work
• Circular Economy Agricultural Principles
• Triple Bottom Line Agricultural Models
• Sustainable Food Production, Consumption and Nutrition Security
• Boosting Nature Positive Food Systems
• Food Supply Chain Logistics and Management
• Agribusiness Management
• Subsistence Agriculture and Rural Community Development
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• Short Food Crop Production
• Rabbit Production
• Sheep Production
• Goat (Meat and Milk) Production
• Duck (Meat, Eggs) Production
• Dairy Cattle Production
• Water Buffalo Production
• Pig Production
• Beef Cattle Production
• Neo tropical Agriculture Production, Consumption, Utilisation and Education
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• Long Term Fruit Crop Production
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• Integrated Farming Systems
• Non-Conventional Feed resources for Livestock
• Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture System Development
• Climate Smart Agriculture
• Water Conservation and Agriculture
• Local Economic Development
Users of agribusiness development and consultancy services
• Prospective farmers seeking information on agri-business
• Individuals and or private farms
• Cooperatives especially those in agribusiness sector
• Commodity traders
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• Local traders
• Training institutions
• Agricultural institutions
• Research institutions
• Farmers support institutions
• Schools and colleges
• Non-government organisation
• Community based organisations
• International and local NGOs in support of small agricultural cooperatives
• Government agencies
• Investors in agri-business
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