Dubois Agrinovation is a Canadian company supplying Canadian worker’s jobs in the agriculture sector and as of now the company has over 40 Canadian employees (Cooper, 2016). Along with distributing their weed mats and tree tubes in both Ontario and Quebec, Dubois has all their products manufactured in North America, including their weed mats which are made in Ontario and Quebec (Cooper, 2016). An increase in sales to Nepal will result in more job positions at both the sales channels and the manufacturer level, along with a distributor who will work directly with Nepal. Since weed mats and tree tubes from Dubois only ship to north and south America, a transportation link will need to be created between the two countries, adding economic growth to Canadian transportation companies (Agrinovation, 2016).
Socail Benefits to Canada
Along with economic growth, the exportation of these products will result in social benefits for Canadians. The company works closely with local farmers, gathering feedback and researching the benefits that new technologies would have on crops in the nearby areas (Agrinovation, 2016). By partnering with a new country, Dubois Agrinovation will have a new source to gather research from, resulting in new low-cost technologies that will be more affordable to Canadians. Dubois also supports many local charities and participates in community events year round, which include providing skills on strawberry planting, frost protection and greenhouse building (Cooper, 2016). So with a new revenue stream, the company will be able to invest the excess profits back into the well-being of Canadian farmers.
Who Will Purchase the Weed Mats and Tree Tubes?
Since the growth of fruit trees is primarily found in the mountains and hillsides, production is scattered and makes for a small commercial market (Devkota, 2016). The farmers growing these fruit trees are subsistence farmers providing food for their families. These farmers will be producing fruit such as apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots and persimmon, usually using only one or two trees for each. Aside from private tree growers, the government of Nepal has their own nurseries which they hire local Nepalese to grow, then sell them at a minimal price. But like any other agricultural product, these fruits only grow for a short window of time, this being January and February for most fruits, so it is very important that the trees mature as fast as possible (Devkota, 2016).
Herbicides such as ‘Roundup’ or ‘Glyphosate AKB’ tend to be criticized for their toxic formulas in America, but in countries such as Nepal, these herbicides can be pricey and not cost effective (Rodigues and Oliveeira and Abe, 2016). By using biodegradable weed mats, there will not be harmful chemicals spread onto the weeds, along with organic fertilizer for the plants after the mats decompose (Morgan, 2001). These mats are made from an assortment of organic fibers, using everything from straw to corn stalks, to hair and gelatin (Morgan, 2001). Not only will the mats allow for a clean environment and act as a fertilizer, they are energy efficient as they do not require the use of large equipment.
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