Nigerian Agric coy woos smallholder farmers in Kenya

As part of its effort to create the largest integrated agricultural platform in Africa, Cellulant Nigeria Limited, has sent its top Agric partners to Kenya to discuss the impact of AgriKore in Nigeria and how the model could be replicated to suit the Kenyan agriculture system. In a statement signed and issued on Wednesday by the company’s Deputy Operations Manager, Babangida Shittu, explained that AgriKore is an agriculture marketplace that connects everyone in the agriculture ecosystem and helps them transact with each other in a trusted environment.

Mr Shittu added that the model also brings together smallholder farmers and buyers helping them to achieve economies of scale by creating a market for them and providing them with access to finance. He said, “And we are in Kenya in order to serve three purposes which included feasibility study, setting up an operation and changing of operational tools,

“And the final phase will be the sharing of business tools developed by Cellulant Nigeria with their counterparts in Kenya as they grow and continue to help smallholder farmers in Kenya.” He said. Mr Shittu disclosed that the 7-day trip would enable their company’s Agric aggregators to interact and engage in meaningful dialogue with farmers in Kenya with a view to replicate the successes recorded in Nigeria in Kenya. According to the statement one of the Cellulant’s aggregators from Nigeria, Abubakar Kabir, who expressed his excitement at the prospect of integrating the Kenyan Agric produce market into Agrikore, said that he would open and operate more sites in Nigeria because Cellulant has opened his eyes to the business opportunities available in Kenya. Another aggregator from Nigeria, Abdulkadir Bawa, said he believed in the model and had already started exploring opportunities of opening more sites and bringing onboard more produce to aggregate.


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