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OCP Africa’s Agribooster Empowers Over 75,000 Farmers



OCP, one of the leading companies in the global production and exportation of phosphate-based fertilisers is offering farmers an inclusive end-to-end value chain solution that will boost their productivity and revenues.
The scheme is to run across key Agric-belts in Nigeria as the 2020 farming season commences. The company also said the scheme is intended to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s food security.
The Initiative tagged Agribooster, was launched in 2017, and supports smallholder farmers to get access to good quality farm inputs, financial services, markets, and training with extension services centered on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) while improving the yield and productivity of the farmer.
Speaking on the initiative, the Business Development manager for OCP Africa Nigeria, Mr Akintunde Akinwande said: “This initiative allows sharing of efforts and feeds from each partner’s experiences. Following the decline in agricultural production in Nigeria, we are pleased to have programs like this which are fashioned towards helping smallholder farmers, and empowering young extension agents to fight insufficiency and insecurity of both food and cash crops.”
In the 2019 intervention, OCP Africa Nigeria partnered with Thrive Agric Limited, ABU Microfinance Bank and Palm Valley Nigeria Limited to supply high-quality fertiliser, seeds and chemicals as well as providing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training and extension services to over 15,000 Maize, Rice and Soybeans for farmers in Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, Kano and Kebbi states. Loans were provided to registered farmers to buy quality inputs and a guaranteed market was also available for farmers’ output after harvest.
Speaking further on the initiative, Mr Akinwande explained that the scheme also trained and equipped about 30 last-mile agents with Motorcycles and Tablets to work directly with farmers to ensure that quality practical GAP trainings are cascaded down through the Training of Trainers (ToT) approach, while also performing entrepreneurial functions in retail sales of quality inputs to farmers within its environment.
OCP Africa also partnered with the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria on research, identification and exchange of innovation on agriculture, technical assistance, training and extension supervision through the Extension and Rural Sociology Department of the University.