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Ecobank To Support Creation of Agric Technology Hubs Across Nigeria

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 AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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 The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has said the bank will support the establishment of agriculture technology hubs across the country, stressing that it will further generate activities in the entire value chain and also provide a base for exporting agriculture technology services to other parts of the Africa. Mr. Akinwuntan who was speaking at the 2nd edition of the Ecobank Agribusiness virtual Summit organised in association with Vanguard Economic Forum Series with the theme: “Digitizing the agricultural value chain for unlocking productivity, economic growth and food security”,  said  he “finds the idea of agriculture tech hub quite exciting. I can directly say Ecobank will support this initiative because it brings the efficiency of a solution factory that is not only available in Nigeria but can also be a base for exporting agric-technology services to drive agriculture in the whole of Africa. I put Ecobank forward as a partner to bring this to reality. “

Earlier, the Co-Founder, Corporate Farmers International, Mr Akin Alabi had disclosed that his organization has initiated an agric technology hub to attract youths participation in the agric sector, noting that access to technology and innovations will further drive activities in that segment of the economy.

“We have developed a big platform, called a hub to serve both government and private institutions. The hub is generating interests and solutions. And now, we are in partnership with Lagos and Kebbi state governments. We are also working with series of agricenterprenures in the country.   We have also used the power of technology, mobile phones to bring agric products from the farm gate to the market. We need the support of the private sector to develop the agric tech hub. A lot of Fintech hubs are developing different solutions, we also need that in the agric space. In Nigeria today, we can use digitalization to change the narrative and get younger ones to be interested in agriculture.  At corporate farmers, we also created an e-learning academy during the covid-19 lockdown to bridge the gap between agriculture and education”. He stated.

In his contribution, the Vice President, Nigeria Agricbusiness Group (NABG), Emmanuel Ijewere noted that digitization in agriculture must be brought to the actual people in the field who might not be well educated, noting that through technology one can buy food from vendors from wherever they are in any part of the country. Further, Mr Ijewere noted that we can build a warehouse and make them efficient with the support of technology. According to him  “Commodity exchanges cannot thrive unless the goods are there. How we move these goods with the support of  digitization and enabling us provide a sufficient market is very strategic”.

The 2nd edition of the Ecobank Agribusiness Summit organised in association with Vanguard Economic Forum Series had its primary content objective to discuss the role of technology and digitisation across the agricultural value chain. The virtual summit had strategic  partners such as the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) and Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG). The speakers and panelists included Kenton Dashiell, Deputy Director-General, Partnership for Delivery, at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); Aliyu Abdulhameed, MD/CEO, NIRSAL; Ndidi Nwuneli, Co-founder/Managing Partner, Sahel Partner; Akin Alabi, Co-founder, Corporate Farmers International and Ayodeji Balogun, Country CEO, AFEX Commodities Exchange.

This virtual conference is part of Ecobank’s Digital Series which is in line with the bank’s vision to consolidate a modern Pan-African market, contribute to the economic development and financial integration of the continent. The summit examined the potential impact of agriculture technology investment in fixing low productivity in Nigeria’s food production; evaluate existing traditional agriculture finance models in Nigeria and the role and impact of technology-enabled commodity exchange trading across the agriculture value chain amongst others.

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Fidelity Bank Empower Entrepreneurs to Play Big in The Non-Oil Export Market

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L-R: Emmanuel Nwalor, Team Member, Export and Agriculture Division, Fidelity Bank PLC; Ibukunoluwa Toluwalase, Business Management Consultant and Participant, Fidelity Export Management Program (EMP) 11; Grace Omolori-Okoya; Executive Vice-Chairman, Slavabogu and Participant, Fidelity EMP 11; Isaiah Ndukwe, Divisional Head, Export and Agriculture, Fidelity Bank PLC; and Ogunfeso Yemi; Senior Accountant, Slavabogu and Participant, Fidelity EMP 11 at EMP 11 powered by Fidelity Bank Plc held at the Lagos Business School recently.

Fidelity Bank Empower Entrepreneurs to Play Big in The Non-Oil Export Market

L-R: Emmanuel Nwalor, Team Member, Export and Agriculture Division, Fidelity Bank PLC; Ibukunoluwa Toluwalase, Business Management Consultant and Participant, Fidelity Export Management Program (EMP) 11; Grace Omolori-Okoya; Executive Vice-Chairman, Slavabogu and Participant, Fidelity EMP 11; Isaiah Ndukwe, Divisional Head, Export and Agriculture, Fidelity Bank PLC; and Ogunfeso Yemi; Senior Accountant, Slavabogu and Participant, Fidelity EMP 11 at EMP 11 powered by Fidelity Bank Plc held at the Lagos Business School recently.

L-R: Emmanuel Nwalor, Team Member, Export and Agriculture Division, Fidelity Bank PLC; Ibukunoluwa Toluwalase, Business Management Consultant and Participant, Fidelity Export Management Program (EMP) 11; Grace Omolori-Okoya; Executive Vice-Chairman, Slavabogu and Participant, Fidelity EMP 11; Isaiah Ndukwe, Divisional Head, Export and Agriculture, Fidelity Bank PLC; and Ogunfeso Yemi; Senior Accountant, Slavabogu and Participant, Fidelity EMP 11 at EMP 11 powered by Fidelity Bank Plc held at the Lagos Business School recently.

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For developing countries such as Nigeria to accelerate economic growth, there needs to be greater private sector participation in their export sectors. This was made known by Isaiah Ndukwe, Divisional Head, Export and Agriculture, Fidelity Bank PLC, at the just concluded 11th edition of the Fidelity Bank Export Management Programme (EMP 11).

Held at the Lagos Business School, from the 4th to 8th of October 2021, the programme, covered a wide range of topics including export documentation and application of export development processes and was facilitated by leading faculty from Lagos Business School, staff of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and experts in financial management and exports.

“Year-in, year-out, Fidelity Bank has demonstrated its resolve to help diversify the Nigerian economy and increase export earnings.

One of the ways we are doing this is through the Export Management Programme which provides participants with the knowledge needed to navigate both the international non-oil export market and the larger export market,” explained Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Managing Director, Fidelity Bank PLC when tasked on the rationale behind the programme.

The importance of exports has continually been emphasized by various bodies as it provides a means of increasing the markets for producers and especially in Nigeria’s case, an opportunity to attract much needed foreign exchange earnings.

In fact, Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), speaking recently at the Mid-term Ministerial Performance Review Meeting on the topic: ‘Nigeria’s Economic Resurgence: The African Experience’ expressed worry over disincentives to non-oil exports in the Nigerian economy. He therefore urged Nigerian fiscal authorities to remove bottlenecks in non-oil exports in order to promote economic resurgence.

One of the participants of the EMP 11, Mr. Kelechi Chukwukezirim, Chief Executive Officer of Dot Global Resources Nigeria Ltd said, “I am thankful to Fidelity Bank and Lagos Business School for this insightful and highly educative program. I came here with just an awareness of export management. However, my experience in the past five days has taken me from point zero to over 40% of quality knowledge on export management.

I am enthused at the network and platform this program created that I could leverage going forward. I am excited at what the future holds in this regard”.

According to Mrs. Onyeali-Ikpe, “Previous editions of the EMP have recorded outstanding successes and made marked impacts in the lives and businesses of the participants. We are proud to say that the just-concluded eleventh edition is no exception.

The feedback we have gotten from facilitators and participants alike have been nothing short of encouraging. The turnout was tremendous and we are certain that we will witness astonishing results as the participants put what they learnt into practice.”

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Outspan Deepens BIP Efforts, Inseminates 100 Cattle to Boost Local Milk Production

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The Artificial Insemination & Dairy Specialist, tagging a cow that has been inspected and cleared for artificial insemination.

Outspan Deepens BIP Efforts, Inseminates 100 Cattle to Boost Local Milk Production

The Artificial Insemination & Dairy Specialist, tagging a cow that has been inspected and cleared for artificial insemination.

The Artificial Insemination & Dairy Specialist, tagging a cow that has been inspected and cleared for artificial insemination.

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Outspan Nigeria Limited (Outspan), a subsidiary of Olam International Limited (Olam), a leading agribusiness conglomerate, as part of a series of initiatives to boost local milk production in Nigeria, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, flagged-off an artificial insemination programme for 100 dairy cattle in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area (LGA), Kano state. This initiative, sponsored by Outspan is being executed in partnership with the Kano Dairy and Livestock Husbandry Cooperative Union (KADALCU).

The artificial insemination programme, according to the firm is part of its larger backward integration programme (BIP) and scaled dairy sector effort that builds on the initial setup of two fully-equipped milk collection centres (MCC) in Dalhassan and Dawakin Tofa areas of the state, in addition to the upgrade of a third MCC sited inside the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) donated building also located within the sprawling milk-producing state.

The milk value chain development efforts are targeted at increasing the quantity as well as improving the quality of local milk production. It is expected that these efforts will help bridge the huge gap between local milk production and local milk consumption demand which currently stands at a staggering 70%.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony, Manish Khede, Regional Manager at Outspan said Olam is strongly committed to backward integration ventures across its operating markets. This underpins the value chain development approach in driving food security, expanding the pool of employment opportunities and strengthening the gross domestic product (GDP) of the countries.

“Nigeria consumes an estimated 1.7 million metric tonnes of dairy products annually, of which only 30% are produced locally. We believe the gap can only be closed by partnering private investors and farmers to develop end-to-end value chain solutions,” he said.

He added, “This is in line with Olam’s mission of re-imagining global agriculture and food systems to provide food that’s better for farmers, communities and our world. We know this can only be achieved in the long term by creating value for all stakeholders aiming to put more back into food and farming systems than is taken out.”

Explaining further about Outspan’s BIP, Manish Khede, said, “Apart from the MCCs, feed supplementation and artificial insemination programme, we also have plans for pasture development and small-scale model farm operations, amongst other initiatives to engage and support local communities. We look forward to getting these plans off the ground shortly – we are already in talks to secure a suitable piece of land to kick start the pilot phase for pasture and farming. We are working closely with KADALCU and the Kano State Government.”

Kabiru Ali, the representative of Samaila Umar Ganduje, the District Head of Dawakin Tofa, at the flag-off ceremony, expressed his joy at the development brought into the community by Outspan.

He enthused, “Our dairy farmers will now be able to produce more milk through this artificial insemination programme. They will also make money from selling this increased milk quantity to take care of their families. What Outspan has done is laudable.”

Kabiru Abdullahi who represented the Director of Livestock at the Kano Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources (MANR) at the event thanked Outspan for its various investments into developing the local agriculture value chain. He said that the state government is happy with the private investment drive and all the key partnerships being utilized by Outspan to implement its dairy developmental programmes.

Bilkisu Mahe Wali, Branch Controller, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Kano, who was one of the special guests at the event also said, “I am happy that these diary value chain development activities are taking place in our local government. These initiatives will increase local milk production in such a way that in the nearest future our dairy farmers will be exporting fresh milk to countries within the West African region.”

Olam as an organisation has always been committed to backward integration in its global ventures including Nigeria, where it has been operating for more than 30 years. Some of its flagship BIP include a 10,000-hectare rice farm and fully integrated rice mill in Nasarawa state, Tomato farm project in Jigawa state and investments in the Animal Feed Mill and Hatchery in Kaduna, amongst others.

L-R: Usman Abdullahi Usman, Chairman, Kano Dairy and Livestock Husbandry Cooperative Union (KADALCU); Abubakar Muhammad Kabiru, Artificial Insemination & Dairy Specialist; Bilkisu Mahe Wali, Branch Controller, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Kano; Manish Khede, Regional Manager, Outspan Nigeria Limited; and Dr Bala Bello, Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Kano State, at the flag off of the Artificial Insemination Programme for 100 Dairy Cattle by Outspan in partnership with the KADALCU in Dawakin Tofa LGA, Kano State, recently.

L-R: Usman Abdullahi Usman, Chairman, Kano Dairy and Livestock Husbandry Cooperative Union (KADALCU); Abubakar Muhammad Kabiru, Artificial Insemination & Dairy Specialist; Bilkisu Mahe Wali, Branch Controller, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Kano; Manish Khede, Regional Manager, Outspan Nigeria Limited; and Dr Bala Bello, Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Kano State, at the flag off of the Artificial Insemination Programme for 100 Dairy Cattle by Outspan in partnership with the KADALCU in Dawakin Tofa LGA, Kano State, recently.

L-R: Kabiru Ali, Representative of the District Head of Dawakin Tofa LGA; Usman Abdullahi Usman, Chairman, Kano Dairy and Livestock Husbandry Cooperative Union (KADALCU); Manish Khede, Regional Manager, Outspan Nigeria Limited; and Bilkisu Mahe Wali, Branch Controller, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Kano, at the flag off of the Artificial Insemination Programme for 100 Dairy Cattle by Outspan in partnership with the KADALCU in Dawakin Tofa LGA, Kano State, recently.

L-R: Kabiru Ali, Representative of the District Head of Dawakin Tofa LGA; Usman Abdullahi Usman, Chairman, Kano Dairy and Livestock Husbandry Cooperative Union (KADALCU); Manish Khede, Regional Manager, Outspan Nigeria Limited; and Bilkisu Mahe Wali, Branch Controller, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Kano, at the flag off of the Artificial Insemination Programme for 100 Dairy Cattle by Outspan in partnership with the KADALCU in Dawakin Tofa LGA, Kano State, recently.

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KSADP PROCURES N60. 6 MILLION STATER KITS FOR ANIMAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

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KSADP PROCURES N60. 6 MILLION STATER KITS FOR ANIMAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

TESLIMAT TOLUWALASHE TESLIM Kano

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Kano state Agro-Pastoral Development Project, KSADP has awarded contract in the sum of N60, 621, 500, for the supply of starter kits for 220 Community Animal Health Workers also known as Paravets.

The kits will contain a variety of vet tools, assorted animal drugs, cold boxes, lab coats, rain coats and boots.

This is coming ahead of the engagement and training of the Paravets by the project, to enable them deliver basic animal health services in their localities.

Shortly after signing the contract, which was awarded to SUMAK General Merchants, the State Project Coordinator, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad stated that five Paravets will be selected from each of the 44 local government areas of the state for special training, to enable them offer animal health services.

“The prospective candidates must be unemployed OND, HND or university graduates with certificates in animal science, animal health or animal production who will be trained and provided with the starter packs containing basic equipment and drugs, to enable them deliver basic community animal health services”.

“In return for such services, they will charge fees to restock and make a living. They will be under the supervision of veterinarians from the State Ministry of Agriculture and they will also be engaged to assist in state-wide animal vaccination campaigns. By and large, they will keep an eye on animal health to restrain outbreaks of diseases”.

“This initiative has far-reaching implications for human health besides creating jobs for our youth, who in the long term will train others to be self employed as well”.

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