Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s digital agriculture platform which allows Nigerians to venture in and sponsor agriculture recently celebrated its second year of operations with close to 8,000 farmers across 10 states in the country empowered, over 1,000,000 broiler birds reared as part of its poultry farm cycles and over 17,195 farm units recorded.
Farmcrowdy has also recorded more than 2,500 unique farm sponsors from Nigerians in Nigeria, the US, Canada and the UK and continues to effectively grow a community model that is set to accelerate the empowerment of local farmers and the facilitation of local and Pan-African food production and sustainability.
The firm also announced the launch of Nigeria’s first annual National Digital Agriculture Day as part of its second anniversary celebrations.
According to Onyeka Akumah, Founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy, the past two years have been nothing short of a life-changing journey for him and the Farmcrowdy team, and are expectant for the future as they continue to strive towards scaling their operations and building on their platform.
“We are immensely proud of the role we have played in the growth of Nigeria’s agritech sector, and are humbled at the support and the opportunities we have received – locally and internationally to showcase our work.
“We are equally pleased to see the recent spring of startups following in Farmcrowdy’s footsteps and are looking forward to utilising the National Digital Agriculture Day in Nigeria as a chance to join hands with other agritech startups on the path of breathing new life into agriculture, by supporting even more smallholder farmers and increasing food production not only in Nigeria, but across Africa.”
Farmcrowdy has inspired a renewed interest in farming for thousands over the past 2 years and this has resulted in endorsements from the President of Nigeria who conferred Farmcrowdy with National Honours, the Vice President of Nigeria who also sponsored farms with Farmcrowdy to support the initiative, academia, international and local investors and the media. The firm has also received more than 20 awards for the start-up in the last 2 years including, the Agritech Startup Company of the Year 2018 at the Meet the Farmers Conference held in Dubai, and also the Digital Business of the Year in Africa 2018 earlier in the year at the annual Global African Business Awards (GABA) ceremony held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Farmcrowdy also win the the Best Agritech Solution for 2018 at the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards held in Cape Town, South Africa last week, which attracted entries from 39 countries across the continent.
Registered by the startup with the Ministry of Trademark and Patent, National Digital Agriculture Day has officially been earmarked as a day of recognition of the contributions made to the country’s burgeoning agritech sector. It will be used as a vehicle to highlight the essential role that agriculture plays in building and maintaining a strong economy, while encouraging other players in the sector and the public to participate in spreading the positive message about agriculture.