Hosting a farm tour is such a rewarding experience for us at Farmcrowdy for many reasons, some of which we will capture in this post.
The last time we hosted a farm tour was in 2017 when we visited one of our poultry farms in Isheri-Osun LGA of Lagos state. The farm sponsors got to meet our farmers, Technical Field Specialists and ask questions directly from our CEO, Onyeka Akumah.
For the first time this year, we hosted a farm tour to Patigi Local Government Area in Kwara State and a lot of planning went into it.
You may know already that we operate in 9 states across Nigeria but we decided to visit our 2000 acres of Rice Farm in Kwara state as we recently concluded sponsorship for our Rice Farms.
Our first step while planning this farm tour was to reach out to farm sponsors who had indicated interest either by sending or responding to any of our emails (you can sign up to our email list using the form on the sidebar), speaking to our customer relations personnel or by attending in-house events.
Since we work with over 800 farmers in Patigi, we also made arrangements for which of the farms to visit so we could maximize the two-day farm tour.
There were over 20 people that traveled from different destinations to attend this farm tour and they include the Farmcrowdy Team, Media Team, Farm Sponsors and Technical Field Specialists, and since Patigi is a 4-hour drive from Ilorin (the state’s capital), we needed to have a detailed arrangement.
Top on our list was:
- Patrol Car: For security
- Accommodation: 2-day trip
- Feeding: 2-day trip
- Hats and Branded T-Shirts
During the farm tour, our farm sponsors were able to meet the team at Farmcrowdy, the farmers and also see the dam that is used to control irrigation of the rice farms.
Health and Safety
Our technical field specialists shared farm safety tips with the farm sponsors before starting the tour. We also put suitable control measures in place and planned our routes carefully so everyone remained safe during the tour.
The Importance of a Farm Tour
Farmcrowdy’s goal is to empower 1,000,000 farmers by 2021; several times, we have been asked how we intend to do this and each time, we have replied with our mission statement which is to enable everyone participate in the achievement of global food security.
We have built a platform that will allow farm sponsors, people from all walks of life who are passionate about growing the agriculture landscape in Nigeria, sponsor farmers who would otherwise not have the resources they need to turn a healthy harvest.
Since this sponsorship is 100% online, it’s easy to forget or overlook how important your sponsorship is to these farmers. The farm tour is a beautiful reminder of the contribution you are making for Nigeria to be able to feed itself. You get the opportunity to physically visit a farm to meet the farmers, see the fertilizers, understand the crop process, ask questions, and so on. Here are some other reasons why a farm tour is so important:
- Meet Some Extraordinary People
Our farm sponsors – our biggest fans and supporters – operate in different industries, from banking to education. Since sponsorship is 100% online, our farm sponsors do not get the opportunity to meet each other and that is one of the best parts of this trip.
The trip was a fantastic opportunity to network, give feedback and suggest new ideas to the Farmcrowdy team and have conversations about the future of agriculture in Nigeria amongst other things.
- Supporting Rural Farmers and Their Community
Beyond financing, rural farmers want to feel the difference their work makes on a bigger scale and there is no better way to show them support than to travel thousands of miles to visit their farms. During the farm visit, we had to make some unplanned stops because the farmers were so proud of the work they were doing on each of their individual farms, they wanted us to see it all! We were able to cover about 900 acres of farmland during the farm tour.
We visited the leader of the farming community in Patigi and he shared some amazing insights with us. The presence of the sponsors was a show of unwavering support and commitment to the farmers and people of Patigi.
- The Personal Satisfaction
Some of the sponsors, Farmcrowdy team and media team had never been to Kwara State, let alone Patigi so for those who love to visit new places, that’s a major item to cross off their checklist. The personal satisfaction of taking a trip to a new state, to interact with people that you only read about, take in the roads, houses, people and just breathe in the fresh air is an experience that cannot be measured.
We want to thank our sponsors, who took a chance on us and have successfully empowered thousands of rural farmers across Nigeria and continue to do so. Thank you for honoring our invite for the Farm tour and for making it such a remarkable experience.
Thank you to our incredible team who planned this tour to the last detail; and then travelled all the way to be a part of this Farm tour.
Finally, if you missed the Kwara Rice Farm Tour, we have another one coming up on the 15th of September, 2018 when we’ll be visiting our Poultry Farm in Ifo, Ogun State.
As always, trust that we’ll be on hand to relay the experience to you via pictures and video for those of us who might not be able to participate.
Thanks for reading.