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Mr. Chaim Zach: A Uniquely Resourceful Entrepreneur

Mr. Chaim Zach is an international investor and industrialist. For close to 30 years, he has positively impacted the Nigerian agricultural sector. He has hugely contributed to the growth and development of that aspect of the nation’s economy.

Chaim Zach is the Founder and Managing Director of Agric International Technology & Trade (Nigeria) Ltd better known by its abbreviation of AGRITED. Founded in 1991, the company’s core farming operation is poultry breeding. It produces and distributes millions of broiler and layer day-old chicks to commercial farms throughout Nigeria.

Agrited’s operations also include the production and supply of premix and feed additives, animal vaccines and medications and also poultry and aquaculture equipment.

Agrited offers consultancy services to livestock organisations. It also undertakes the building and management of poultry farms for interested investors.

Agrited has established international standard farms, feedmills and other facilities in Oyo, Ogun and Adamawa states.

Chaim Zach, a citizen of the state of Israel was born on February 10, 1949. He studied Law at Tel Aviv University from 1971 to 1973.

After working briefly with the Government of Israel, he founded Target Ltd, a chemical company which produces fire retardants and extinguishing chemicals and which was based in Israel.

Between 1981 and 1983, he was Vice President of PTE Industries of Louisiana, USA. The company produced fire extinguishing chemicals, retardants and products.

Back to Israel, between 1983 and 1985, he was the General Director (Chief Executive Officer) of the City of   Herzliya (a 100,000 population city along the sea shore, north of Tel Aviv with 1,300 Public sector employees).

Afterwards, Zach together with a US public company acquired Hovermarine International Ltd based in Southampton, UK. The company which produces fast surface effect passenger vessels was previously part of Vosper Group. Zach was Chairman of Hovermarine from 1986 to 1993.

In 1988, he founded Gedi Enterprises Ltd in London. The company produced and sold 23 types of fresh and matured goat cheeses in the high end market and it operated from a farmland with 700 goats in Potters Bar, North London.

In Nigeria, having established Agrited in 1991, he saw some opportunity and possibilities in construction. So, in 1996, he founded Dori Construction & Engineering Nigeria Ltd. Today, the company has acquired a reputation for high profile building construction services.

Zach is married with two children.

It is in recognition of his achievements in the field of Agriculture & Allied Services that Mr. Chaim Zach is deemed worthy to be conferred with the Development in Nigeria Merit Award which is part of the PSR National Awards 2018.



The new Blue Plains Farm is the fourth joint project for the two companies

Earlier in 2019 Agrotop, a leading global player in livestock turnkey projects, has won a contract for the building of a large-scale pullet and breeding farm for Agrited, Nigeria’s leading supplier of poultry products.

The newly built Blue Plains Farm is located some 40 kilometers north of Ibadan next to Fiditi town, Oyo State. The breeding farm is built on 112 hectares of bushland.

Blue Plains farm will accommodate six environmental control (EC) breeder pullet houses, 12 EC producing breeder houses, three male houses, a state-of-the-art super-modern hatchery with a hatching capacity of more than 2 million eggs at any given time, a modern EC chicks dispatch house and 7 hectares of logistic village.

Agrotop has already completed the building of two EC pullet houses accommodating about 23,000 Ross 308 pullets. To complete the first phase of the development, the company will build another four EC breeder houses, a latest technology professional hatchery with a Pasreform hatching system and a chicks’ dispatch house.

This is the fourth poultry breeding farm built by Agrotop for Agrited. The previous ones include:

”  White Plains – breeding farm with 33,000 heavy breeders, 18,000 light breeders, a combined Emka and Pasreform hatchery with a hatching capacity of 1,632,000 eggs, fully equipped Premix production line with quality control laboratory, feed mill, large capacity grains and feed ingredients storage, and vaccines and medications cold storage facilities

”  Green Plains – pullets farm with a capacity of 57,000 pullets PS birds and a 1,200 m2 grains and equipment storage warehouse

”  Silver Plains – breeding farm with capacity for 66,000 heavy breeders, 20,000 pullets and 1,200 m2 grains and animal feed storage

“We take great pride in our partnership with Agrited and view the fact that it is consistently working with us as a great compliment,” said Gavriel Pelleg, Agrotop’s CMO and founding partner. “Agrited has set new norms in the Nigerian poultry market, offering high quality chicken that meets the highest international standards.”

“Agrotop is a natural partner for an African and international leading poultry breeder such as Agrited Nigeria,” said Chaim Zach, Managing Director of Agrited. “After years of experience, we can easily state that Agrotop is an undisputed leader in the design and engineering of livestock concepts.”

Agrotop has also completed other projects for Agrited in Nigeria, e.g., the Yola Project in north Nigerian. This greenfield integration project includes a hatchery and houses for broiler pullets PS, broiler breeders, layer-breeder pullets and layer breeders, as well as commercial layer pullets and commercial layers.

Agrotop also built for Amo Farms eight EC poultry houses and a slaughterhouse which runs a semi-automated line with the capability of 1,000 birds per hour and adheres to the highest European food industry standards. Its plug-in cooling units allow reliable and easy maintenance of cold storage.

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