Smartfarm Nigeria partners Psaltry to train cassava farmers
Over 1,000 smallholder cassava farmers will be trained on good agronomy practices to enhance their livelihood.
The gesture, courtesy of SmartFarm Nigeria–an agritech company, in collaboration Psaltry International is preparatory to the cultivation of about 5, 000 acres of cassava for Psaltry International’s newly installed cassava processing plant.
During the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the Chief Executive Officer of Psaltry International Limited, Yemisi Iranloye, expressed the company’s excitement with the partnership, which she said will provide technology-driven farm-practices that will help farmers increase productivity.
“This partnership will improve the livelihood of farmers and increase commercialisation of Cassava in Africa,” Iranloye said.
She said Psaltry International is exploring every innovative approach to improve the country’s cassava value chain.
Also speaking, Founder of SmartFarm Nigeria, Modupe Oyetoso said there is a disconnect between smallholder farmers and large agro-processing factories needing their produce owing to issues around quality.
“Farmers produce then look for a market, while processors find it difficult to get the raw materials they need because what the farmers produce does not meet the desired quality or the volume produced is too low,” Oyetoso said.
“Our goal is to bridge this gap by leveraging on technology to organise, monitor and empower farmers to cultivate crops that will meet the needs of local processing companies so they would not have to depend on imported farm produce,” she said.
She added that Psaltry International is committed to producing world-class finest cassava derivative and is excited to partner with farms.
According to her, SmartFarm through its crowd-funding platform will connect farmers to finance to enable them to access key farm inputs and mechanisation services to maximise their yield per hectare.
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