Agriculture is a major provider of employment opportunities for rural people in underdeveloped and developing countries. It is an important source of livelihood for all players involved in the process from farm to plate. Unlike years ago, where agric practices were majorly carried out on the farm with basic farming tools like cutlass, hoes, rakes, etc agric has evolved to imbibe technological advancements to improve agricultural practices and produce. In Nigeria, the Agro sector is both a challenge and an opportunity for farmers and agro investors, with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicting that the agricultural market in Sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $200 billion in 2015 to $1 trillion by 2030.
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Nigeria’s population of around 200 million translates to high demand for farm produce, and the federal government is aiming to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”. Nigeria cannot continue to implement the cutlass and hoe format of farming in 2020 and beyond, to actualize the FG goals, technology must be imbibed and explored in the sector to grow, monitor, evaluate and scale.
Former governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako (retd), has urged the Federal Government to immediately embrace technology for the nation’s agricultural development and food security. He gave the advice in Abuja during a special meeting of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN)
Nyako, who is the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the AFAN, said Nigeria could attain a well-developed agricultural sector that could be better than oil if the government could wholly embrace technology “There is also the need for the farmers to work with politicians so that the implementation of the policies to develop the agricultural sector can be implemented. We also need to buy into research and development to make the sector better in record time,” Nyako said. Cellulant’s agro marketplace, Agrikore, provides farmers with the opportunity of achieving Nyako’s sentiments. Agrikore houses a large percentage of all agro assets produced and transacted in the country in a secured ecosystem. By connecting farmers to financial institutions and Community Aggregators, farmers can obtain loans and other credit facilities to enable them purchase/rent farm machinery and inputs for better optimization of farm produce while the Community Aggregators can purchase desired agro assets directly from the farmers on the platform at favorable prices, business on the platform is secured by blockchain technology enabling smart contracts and smart payments for goods and services rendered by and between all parties.
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Food Processors can also leverage on the peculiarity of the platform to connect to FMCGs and Retailers in a bid to get their products to the final consumers. Cellulant fed Nigeria for one day in 2019 via the agrikore platform, dissipating millions of metric tonnes of food in 15 states of the federation. In line with the company’s objectives, Cellulant is poised to feed Nigeria for 3 days in 2020 and 6 days by 2022 by utilizing the Agrikore model. Agrikore encompasses the entire agric food chain from farm to plate on a single platform.
As Agrikore continues to gain traction in society, Youths all across the country are being awakened to the numerous career paths and job opportunities available in the agricultural sector via the ”connect to work” initiative. Students are currently undergoing empowerment programs and training to key into the agricultural sector, robust roles persist in production, logistics, processing, retailing, warehousing and more. Connect to work to feed Nigeria in your region today by clicking www.cellulant.com/connec2work
Like the popular saying goes at Cellulant, give a man food and he is full for a day but teach him to farm and you’ve fed a nation. Join us as we feed Nigeria today, one plate at a time.