5 Entrepreneurs at the forefront of the Agriculture Revolution in Nigeria

In #nigeria, there are several pressure and challenges experienced in the Agricultural sector from Insecurity to herdsman crisis, poor road networks etc. Despite these challenges, several entrepreneurs below have risen up to face them.

1. Samson Ogbole: He is the Lead Trainer for the Farm lab. Agriculture for Farmer Samson is more than just food production (zero hunger), it is the cornerstone for sustainable development, employment creation (no poverty), better living as well as national development. Agriculture, he says, needs to adopt a commercial attitude, as well as technology, automation, precision agriculture, data science, and climate-smart practices.

Farmer Samson has dedicated his time and resources to establishing modern farms, researching the latest agricultural technologies, and sharing and training others to adopt “modern agriculture” so that we may all work together to build the nation we want. “Food production should not be seasonal, because hunger is not seasonal,” he argues.

He is considered an Agricultural Entrepreneur who has to revolutionise how #farming can be done effectively on a small area of land with hydroponics and aeroponics

2. Afioluwa Mogaji, also known as Africanfarmer, is the CEO of X-Ray Farms Consulting and one of the country’s premier agribusiness experts. His early self-discovery and enthusiasm for agriculture have helped him become an authoritative voice in agribusiness both within and outside of Nigeria. Many farmers, especially aspiring farmers, have a difficult time dealing with high capital expenditures.

Mogaji is a farmer, an agricultural consultant, and a seller of farm produce. “My company, X-ray Farms Consulting, provides farmers with consulting, training, market, and advisory services,” he explains. I also conduct agricultural produce marketing because many farmers struggle with how to market their produce. When farmers come to me, I conduct an x-ray of their operations to determine what has to be done.

AfricanFarmer is described as an Agricultural entrepreneur due to his contribution in promoting sales of different Agricultural products from the villages and rural settlement to the Urban Areas

3. Farmcrowdy was founded in 2016 by Onyeka Akumah, Akindele Phillips, Temitope Omotolani, Christopher Abiodun, and Ifeanyi Anazodo with the goal of financing small-scale farmers across Nigeria.
Every day I wake up, I look for a better way to use technology to improve the lives of Nigerians in Agriculture, Transportation and Real Estate.
Since then, Akumah has guided the company through important milestones such as raising $2.4 million in equity investments, generating $20 million for its network of over 440k farmers, acquiring Best Foods, and departing Crowdyvest, a company it launched in 2019.

Onyeka Akumah and his team have turned around the different ways by which Agriculture can be invested in.

4. Catofoods is a fast-growing food company in Nigeria that is addressing malnutrition and hidden hunger, particularly among children under the age of five and pregnant women, by biofortifying staple crops as a cost-effective way to reduce infant mortality, stunted growth, impaired vision, and maternal death. We use cutting-edge technologies to provide long-term solutions.

Founded by Atinuke who graduated from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science. She co-founded other agro-processing firms with the goal focused on generating unique food items from biofortified crops while still a student, which is now a HarvestPlus partner.

Other Goals include
To help small businesses grow and sustainable
To curb youth unemployment through Agriculture and Agricultural value chain
To empower More young women in Agriculture
To curb post-harvest wastage and losses through processing
To ensure we feed on nutritious food

5. Rotimi Williams
A Banker Turned Farmer
Lagos-born-and-bred Rotimi Williams traveled to Nasarawa and carried Kerekusk Rice with him. Kerekusk Rice is Nigeria’s second-largest rice plantation, thanks to a collaboration with his host community, which gifted him over 45,000 hectares of land. Kereksuk produces roughly 8,000 metric tons per year and aims to increase production and provide its own quota to help lower the weight on the ship.

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