Akinwunmi Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture said during his time as a minister said that the biggest impediment farmers face are poor infrastructures: crumbling roads and patchy supplies of electricity and water. According to him, that is why 45% of Nigeria’s tomatoes are ruined every day.
This is not restricted to only tomatoes. There are thousands of perishable and non-perishable foods that are currently rotting away in different stores and farms across the country. This is because we have been unable to close the gap between the farmers who are mostly in the countryside and the buyers who are located in the city.
Consequently, it should not surprise anyone that as at 2013, Nigeria spent about $11 billion a year importing food and is the world’s largest buyer of rice. This may not be the case today because the government has made laudable efforts to boost local rice production in the country.
But the key aforementioned infrastructures issues are yet to be addressed.
Amidst all this food loss, one startup has emerged to try and bridge the widening gap between Nigeria’s farmers and buyers. It is called Farmdeals.
Farmdeal is an online platform dedicated to agriculture solely to help farmers connect with buyers. It also intends to reduce the incidences of multiple middlemen in the supply process, and help buyers to easily aggregate farmers that have similar products.
Interestingly, buyers are buying directly from farmers food items including Cassava, Sorghum, Rice, Maize and Soybean and of course, the products are Inexpensive, affordable and healthy.
Since Farmdeals is closing the gap between farmers and sellers, there will be less reported cases of farm produce rotting in farms and stores.