How Nigerian agri-tech startup Rural Farmers Hub is boosting yields in post-insurgency areas
Nigerian startup Rural Farmers Hub helps farmers, corporates and industries to make higher agribusiness choices via data-driven and precision advisory providers on enhancing crop yield and market linkages, targeted on post-insurgency areas.
Based in 2018 by Segun Adegun and Gabriel Eze, Rural Farmers Hub has developed a product referred to as Seize, which has been utilized by over 25,000 farmers in 10 states in northern Nigeria.
“We’re very lively within the north-east as we contribute in the direction of rebuilding communities post-insurgency,” mentioned Adegun.
Yield productiveness in Africa has been declining for 3 a long time for many crops, with the productiveness of grains in Africa lower than half the worldwide common. In the meantime, farmers lack entry to the most recent – and climate-smart – info, resulting in an incapability to enhance yield, and enhance earnings.
Rural Farmers Hub addresses these points. Its core product providing is Seize, a crop and soil well being advisory service, for which it prices farmers per hectare or per season.
“As soon as farmers have been registered on our platform, we’re additionally in a position to provide them extra agricultural providers primarily based on their wants,” mentioned Adegun.
“Within the medium time period, there are plans to introduce extra providers equivalent to information mining and warehousing, off-taking, micro-finance, agri-insurance, agro-chemical gross sales, fertiliser gross sales, and set up and rental of IoT to watch pests and crop intrusion on a regional scale.”
A participant within the Africa Startup Initiative Programme (ASIP), Rural Farmers Hub has since raised a pre-seed spherical US$500,000. It’s at the moment elevating a seed spherical, for which it has a US$5 million goal.