The management of Farm4Me Agriculture Limited, the pioneer of contract farming in Nigeria, called for concerted efforts to restore and maintain Benue’s position as the nation’s food basket.
Adama J Adama, CEO of Farm4Me Limited, made the call Thursday when signing a memorandum of understanding with Benue State University’s Food Technology and Research Center (CEFTER).
According to Mr. Adama, Benue State, which is considered the nation’s food basket, produces a wide range of crops ranging from grains, tubers to fruits and vegetables, but quantities of these crops are being lost due to the lack of adequate post-harvest technologies. .
The agripreneur thinks that with the partnership between Farm4Me and CEFTER, the threat would be effectively fought.
Mr. Adama, who was represented at the ceremony by Kenneth Iyo, said he believed this partner will reduce hunger and poverty in Nigeria.
“It is a known fact that Benue State carries the gown as Nigeria’s food basket for its vast production of a wide range of crops from grains, tubers to fruits and vegetables.
However, huge amounts of these crops are lost due to the lack of adequate post-harvest technologies.
With this collaboration between Farm4Me and CEFTER, this threat would be effectively controlled.
Corroborating Adama’s assertion, Prof Iorapuu, vice-chancellor of Benue State University, said, with the support of the World Bank, that Benue State University established CEFTER to address some of the challenges facing the agricultural sector.
He believes the partnership would engage communities, farmers and industries in the dissemination of post-harvest food loss technologies, among others.
In their separate speeches, Godwin Ekoja, head of strategic planning and partnership for Farm4Me and Barnabas Ikyo, director of the Center, said in the To come up months, the parties would help develop a critical mass of well-trained African students to control post-harvest losses.
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