The depth of wealth in the Nigerian agricultural landscape is astonishing.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on the Open Data for Africa site, Nigeria over 34,000,000 arable land, and ranks as one of the highest producer of several crops and livestock rearing capacities globally.
Let’s put that into perspective.
Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of Yam, producing 35.017 million metric tonnes of yam which is equal in value to $5.654 billion. In 2011, that value rose to $7.6 billion.
Nigeria also produced approximately 45 million tonnes of cassava, making it the world’s largest producer of this important source of carbohydrate.
Its little wonder that regardless of the challenges that Nigeria may be facing, we are still regarded as the giant of Africa.
Has we continue to contribute to the agricultural landscape in Nigeria, we wanted to take the time to highlight and celebrate the agricultural resources in the 9 states we currently operate in.
Agricultural Producing States:
Agriculture is the mainstay of the Ogun people as evidenced in a very popular song that is taught to both young and old “Ise agbe n’ise ile wa” literally meaning “agriculture is our state’s major occupation.”
Ogun state, also known as the Gateway State, is home to different agric products, most notably ofada rice, oil palm, cassava, cocoa, kola, and cotton.
Ofada rice is believed to have originated in Ogun state and is widely consumed in
South-West states (Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Oyo). It is also regarded as a festive meal and goes with a special sauce.
Farmcrowdy In Ogun State: Though we are yet to embark on a crop project, our farm sponsors have empowered Poultry farmers in Ogun state. In a period of one year, Farmcrowdy has raised over 100,000 birds, making Ogun State one of our prime locations for poultry.
Kaduna, located in Nigeria’s Northern region and also known as the Centre of Learning is an agricultural producing state known for cash and food crops such as yam, cotton, groundnut, tobacco, maize, beans, guinea corn, millet, ginger, rice, and cassava.
According to a report from Agronews, Kaduna is the highest producer of Ginger in Nigeria. Also, over 180,000 tonnes of groundnut are produced in the state annually. The major cash crop is cotton which the state has a comparative advantage in as it is the leading producer in the country.
Another major occupation of the people is animal rearing and poultry farming. The animal reared include cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs.
Farmcrowdy in Kaduna State: We have worked with hundreds of rural farmers to cultivate 5000 acres of Maize in the Pampaeda area in Kaduna State. Our goal is to continue to work with more maize farmers as its one of the most important food crops in Africa.
Also known as the State of harmony, Kwara is popular for cotton, cocoa, coffee, kolanut, tobacco, beniseed, rice and palm produce.
It’s worthy to note that two of the largest dams in Nigeria, that is, Kainji and Jebba, major sources of hydro-electric power for the country are located in Kwara.
Farmcrowdy in Kwara: As a part of our goal to expand to more states in Nigeria, Farmcrowdy worked with over 800 rice farmers in Kwara state for the first time to cultivate 3500 acres of rice farm. Sponsorship for rice farm in the Patigi area of Kwara state is ongoing.
Known as the twelfth largest state in Nigeria, Plateau is a home to tourists in and out of Nigeria because of the amazing parks and tourist sites they have. This includes the famous Wildlife Safari Park, The National Museum, Jos Zoo amongst others. Little wonder why it is referred to as The Home Of Peace and Tourism.
Acha (a grain known as “hungry rice”) and millet are the chief cash crops in Plateau; yams, sorghum, corn (maize), potatoes, cowpeas, rice, fruits, and vegetables are the staple crops.
Farmcrowdy In Plateau: This was one of the first states where rural farmers were empowered. Using our platform, we empowered over 100 rural farmers who cultivated 30 hectares of soyabeans and 300 hectares of maize. Here is an impact story from a farmer we worked with in Jos.
Edo state, also known as the heartbeat of the nation is well known for cultivating crops such as groundnuts, rice, rubber, cocoa, oil palm, cassava, maize, pineapple, cassava, plantain, and yam.
Farmcrowdy in Edo: Since starting operations, we have connected farm sponsors with over 200 rural farmers in Sabongida Ora and Afuze in Edo state via our platform to cultivate 130 hectares of rice and 20 hectares of cassava farm. Here is an impact story from a farmer we worked with in Edo:
The Land of Promise is popular for rubber, plantain, carrot, lettuce, watermelon, Tomato, oil palm, egg fruit, cabbage, cassava, and cucumber.
Farmcrowdy in Akwa-Ibom: female farmers are so important in the agricultural ecosystem in Nigeria and that is why we are especially proud of working with female farmers in Ini local government area of Akwa Ibom to cultivate 100 hectares of cassava.
The female farmers got so excited that they composed a song for us.
Known as the land of virtue, crops that are famously grown in Osun state include yam, maize, cassava, beans and cocoyam. The cash crops grown include tobacco and palm produce.
Farmcrowdy in Osun: We had the opportunity to work with poultry farmers in Osun state to raise 120,000 birds.
The Pace Setter state, cultivate crops like maize, yam, cassava, millet, rice, plantains, cocoa, palm produce, and cashew.
Farmcrowdy in Oyo: We are yet to start a crop project in Oyo state, however, we have worked with Oyo poultry farmers to raise about 20,000 birds.
Lagos, the centre of excellence may not be known for crop cultivation, because the land area has largely been occupied by companies for commercial purposes; nonetheless, it is a very important state and central to the promotion of agricultural products and the agriculture value chain in Nigeria.
Lagos hosts several agriculture fairs where businesses, farmers and anyone in the agriculture value chain can showcase their farm products and promote their agribusiness
Farmcrowdy in Lagos: The Farmcrowdy office is headquartered in Lekki, Lagos and is central to our operations. Sponsors can pay a visit to our office to meet the team at Farmcrowdy and we welcome members of the press, investors, and partners.
We have also worked with some farmers in Lagos to raise 5000 birds.
We are currently working on onboarding more states and opening new farms for sponsorship so that more farmers in more parts of the country can be empowered. Sign up so you will be the first to know when new farms open for sponsorship.