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How To Start Bean Flour Production Business In Nigeria

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Bean flour production is the processing of beans to powder for various uses. And processing of foodstuff makes food easier to prepare with style. Beans are a source of protein to the body, Health Organisation advises that we should take at least a plate of legume in a day in other to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and any other health-related issues.

The flour is very nutritious, used in preparing different variety of food such as snacks (moi-moi, akara), casseroles, side dishes, baking etc. It can be combined with carbohydrate such as moi-moi and rice, akara with ogi etc. This kind of food is particularly useful to vegetarians  as an alternative protein source.

Apart from helping to prevent wastage, processing beans into flour will enhance its market value while also bringing additional income to farmers. You will agree with me that preparing of beans for moi-moi and akara consumes so much time sometimes you have to prepare it down overnight. But with bean flour; the preparation time will be reduced, you will have it handy for use whenever you need it, cost and stress of preparing it would be reduced too.

There are many reasons to go into bean flour production business, it is profitable that’s why you have the likes of Ayoola foods, Janeland limited etc still in the business without any challenge. 1kg of bean flour in the market cost as much as #1,000, you can imagine how much will come out from 10kg of beans when processed. Very few people are into this business making it a green market to access. You can start the business in your own small way, however the choice of the kind of beans to process matters. Use the one with good texture example of such is the popular; navy beans,carbanzo mung, lentil, honey beans etc.


  • Dryer
  • Sealing machine
  • Bowls
  • Trays


Remove dirt, stones etc from the beans as failure to do so would reduce the quality of the bean flour

Soak the beans in water using a big bowl. if the beans is not much you can use your hand to peel them but whereby the quantity is large; pour them in a mortar and use the pestle to rub on it until they are completely de-hulled or peeled, turn them into a bowl. Do same to the remaining ones until you exhaust them.

Pour plenty of water on the bowl and the chaff would come up, remove the chaff. Keep putting water whenever you turn the other away with the chaff until you cannot find any chaff again.

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Put mat outside or rack and spray the washed beans on top for sunlight to dry them. This will be very effective during dry season or harmattan. But during wet season use dryer to dry them

Take them to commercial grinders or you grind them to powder yourself if you have the machine

Don’t package them immediately after grinding air them first

Package them for sale or use

packaged bean flour


  • De-huller
  • Aspirator
  • Hammer mill with cyclone
  • Bowl
  • Weighing scale
  • Branded nylon
  • Sealing machine
  • Generator

Doing bean flour production in a large scale involves a lot of money because you cannot start without putting in place all those equipments which runs into millions. With about 20 million Naira you can start big but you can also cut the capital down by purchasing locally manufacturing equipments. Contact FIRO for machines to process any crops into flour such as cassava flour, plantain flour, yam flour etc At the same time you will have to get NAFDAC approval for your product to be in the market.

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In bean flour production business your packaging matters a lot, find out how others package theirs and either do same or improve on it. The uniqueness of the package can make people rush your products even when they don’t know how the product is. Use a name that is very easy to memorise or can be pronounced. There may be many other bean flour in the market but your packaging strategy can over throw others.



Measure 50g of bean flour into a bowl

Add 120ml (2/3) standard tin milk of water into it

Stir very well to make a paste


Measure 50g of bean flour into a bowl

Pour 60ml (1/3) standard tin milk of water into it

Stir very well until it becomes a paste


Although the shelf life of bean flour can last long if carefully sealed (air tight)  but for a longer shelf life you can add ginger powder just a little and mix. Even the ones you buy in the market you noticed that it doesn’t get bad if not exposed to air.


Sell to market men and woman who retails foodstuff in the market. Use online market to advertise your product. Increase your quantity and reduce the price so as to attract customers. First start  by processing and selling to your friends, colleagues and neighbours. Locate supermarkets and big malls and supply to them.

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  1. Very good information. Just what I need. The beans mentioned are botanical names xcept honey beans. Kindly tell me the local names of others.

    • Thanks my sister. You will go to their office and declare your intensions. You have to get trademark before NAFDAC numbercan be given

    • Yes honey beans is okay. Have you seen masa before, that’s how your akara will look like, you can try a little of it for home use to see how it will look like.

    • No because air can still find its way inside except you will wrap the flour first before letting into the package. Nylon sealing is not more than 10k for the small size

  2. Grinding the beans without washing it is it advisable? We are in d raining season and for large quantities like washing of ,3 paints of beans.it won’t dry well and start to change look and smell.

    • some people do that but it is not advisable, just prepare it the way it is done. not advisable to use the sun during rainy season because it will take many days to dry and would started smelling before it will dry. if you are doing it for commercial purchase industrial dryer

  3. Hello sir, i really want to go into beans production, i have started but still the local way and it is very stressful. Pls what advice can you give me sir. Thanks


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