Oyo State government and Farmcrowdy, a leading agritech company in Nigeria, has entered into a partnership with Farmcrowdy, to boost agriculture in the state.
During the official launch of the partnership which was held at Golden Tulip, Jericho, Ibadan, the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, said that the present administration in the state is doing everything possible to upgrade the economic status of the state and agriculture is the route to be adopted.
The Governor said: “We promised to explore public-private partnership models to achieve our aim for agriculture. Yesterday, I welcomed the Agritech company, Farmcrowdy at the launch of a partnership with Oyo State for agribusiness. I believe the partnership will be mutually beneficial to Farmcrowdy and the people of our State.”
Today, the Govenor of Oyo State @seyiamakinde launched the Oyo State-Farmcrowdy Agribusiness Partnership to commence a 3-year plan with 50,000 farmers in the state. We are super excited about this massive milestone and it’s time to now work at scale! Well done @farmcrowdy team! pic.twitter.com/hvohYz7nwL
— Onyeka Akumah (@onyekaakumah) August 26, 2019
He concluded by assuring the people of Oyo State that the $5 million partnership with Farmcrowdy would surely have a positive impact on their lives while describing the development as an agricultural revolution which he said would grow like wildfire.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Farmcrowdy, Onyeka Akuma, said: “We are investing about $5m dollars in agribusiness in Oyo state within the next three years and connecting not less than 50,000 small scale farmers in the state with solutions to various bottlenecks militating the growth of their farm business. In the end, everyone would be happy with the outcome of the project.”
We are very excited about our partnership with Oyo State and appreciate The Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde @seyiamakinde for partnering with us.
We look forward to achieving the milestones we have set together for the people of Oyo State. https://t.co/HiI9vPUSaC
— Farmcrowdy (@farmcrowdy) August 27, 2019
Kenneth Obiajulu, Managing Director of Farmcrowdy said, “Farmcrowdy is excited to launch this strategic agricultural partnership with Oyo State using our model which has enabled us to engage 25,000+ farmers to cultivate 16,000 acres of farmland across 14 states in Nigeria. We have raised 2,500,000+ chickens and cows, and we supply 30% of the beef eaten in 3 major eateries in Lagos (with 25 outlets). We hope to help Oyo State build a thriving economy through agriculture.”
Deputy Director-General, Partnerships for Delivery, Institute of International Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Kenton Dashiell, while delivering his goodwill message during at the event said: “IITA is ready to support the project by providing technologies that can triple the yield farmers are getting at the moment. We would support the project to ensure is a success.”