Nigeria: how to revive the Nigerian agricultural sector

Nigerian agricultural technology company, YEELDA, said the agricultural sector needs to make a critical shift towards the use of both mechanical and ICT technology to take full advantage of the country’s agricultural potential.

The CEO of the company made this known during the Nigeria Agricultural Mechanization Expo held in Ogun State from February 16-18, 2022. The event was organized to connect manufacturers equipment vendors, mechanization service providers, financial institutions, policy makers and key government officials across the agribusiness value chain in Nigeria with the aim of facilitating collaboration and provide solutions that will help leverage technology, network market and attract structured and innovative finance for agribusiness in Nigeria. The event was duly attended by delegates of the Vice President of the Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Former Chief President Olusegun Obasanjo, Executive Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun , Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar and MD Wema. Bank Plc Mr. Ademola Adebise. Key players such as the Chairman of TOHFAN (Tractor Owners and Hiring Facilities Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Garba Danladi and Honorable Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment of Ogun State, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe were also present.

Speaking at the event, Yeelda Managing Director, Gbolahan Opeodu said, “Nigeria is endowed with a very considerable amount of arable land, the full potential of which is yet to be utilized in a meaningful way. lucrative. He also postulated that agriculture was a foundation for alleviating a number of socio-economic challenges, including unemployment and food security. “It is time to advance our agricultural efforts not only by using mechanized agriculture, but also by adopting demand-driven precision agriculture using ICT (information and communication technology). This combination brings a even greater efficiency and productivity, especially when combined with the use of better We still strive to continually add value to space in many ways, including mechanization, exemplified by the project recently concluded at Ekiti where we led the clearing and preparation of virgin land in record time while ensuring that we did not damage the quality of the topsoil or the wider environment.”

Speaking further, he said, “Yeelda strives to be a bridge to help players overcome some of the challenges in the space by building an ecosystem that leverages technology and showcasing solutions while along the value chain, from land preparation to unparalleled access to markets.”

Recently, YEELDA worked at Ikun Dairy Farm in Ekiti State in collaboration with Promasidor Nigeria Limited and Ekiti State Government. The agriculture and technology-focused organization was tasked with clearing 250 hectares of land first at the Ikun Dairy Farm while maintaining the integrity of the topsoil.

Originally established in the 1980s, Ikun Dairy Farm spans over 1,000 hectares of land. However, this is the first time that the Ekiti State government will have the opportunity to manage the farm under a joint venture with Promasidor Nigeria Limited. It is set up for the production of livestock and the creation of raw materials for dairy products. To achieve such an undertaking, it was essential that grazing areas for livestock were planted and proper land clearing activities carried out with precision and Yeelda’s involvement was essential to success.

The scarcity of agricultural mechanization and technology in Nigeria is creating paralysis in the national economy. Therefore, we need to build sustainable models that can contribute significantly to the development of value chains and food systems.

Lana T. Arthur