Heifer International’s sponsored agritech storage solution, ColdHubs, has introduced into Lagos the launch of a solar-powered facility for smallholder farmers and sellers of perishable farm produce at the ABAT CBD Market in Ibeju-Lekki which was witnessed by farmers, traders and government officials.
The innovation is being sponsored on a large scale by Heifer International while taking part in the measures to increase post-harvest activities like storage and ensure last-mile connectivity to prevent post-harvest losses experienced by small-holder farmers and to ensure food security in Nigeria.
The Country Director of Heifer International, Nigeria, Rufus Idris states that they hope to help young innovators deploy tech innovations that will boost farming and food production and provide smallholder farmers with the support they require to grow a sustainable, profitable business.
- The founder and CEO of ColdHubs, Mr. Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, notes that post harvest loss is huge in Nigeria but with ColdHubs’ innovation, they have gotten production and processing of farm produce right and that the facility will surely increase farmers’ economic earning power and also help buyers as they will always have fresh and healthy farm produce to buy.
The commitment to invest in smallholder farmers, youth and women, innovation and new technologies has helped unlock opportunities within the agricultural sector with a view to unleashing Nigeria’s potential for food self-sufficiency and increasing local production to meet rising local demands.