Have you ever been on a farm trip? If you haven’t you should plan to in the near future. Going on a farm trip, seeing the farm field and learning about the farm work that goes into cultivating different crops is such a beautiful experience.
We scheduled two farm visits for the month of September in Farmcrowdy, the first to Patigi, Kwara State where the Farmcrowdy team and our farm sponsors toured 2000 acres of rice farm and had the opportunity to meet the farmers that worked on this project, and also asked questions ranging from the rigorous rice cultivation process to learning their biggest challenges as a rural farmer.
Our second farm visit was an astounding success as we arrived at the poultry farm in Ogun State in record time and visited the poultry pen which housed about 20,000 chickens.
“Temitope Ojo, our Poultry Technical Field Specialist giving farm sponsors a tour of the poultry farm”
The journey started very early for us on Saturday, September 15, 2018 where we picked up farm sponsors from different locations around Lagos and selected the Palms Shopping Mall, Sango as our meetup point.
After a brief introduction to the team behind Farmcrowdy, we continued our trip to Itori, Ogun State. During the trip, we had curious sponsors already asking questions from CEO, Onyeka Akumah and he answered as many questions as he could and was supported by other members of the management team.
There was also a lot of interaction and bonding time between the Farmcrowdy team and sponsors during the travel time which was about 30 mins from the initial meeting point.
On arriving at the farm, the first address was made by our Chief Operating Officer, Tope Omotolani welcoming the sponsors, sharing some farm safety tips and some of the things to expect during the visit.
Our Chief Executive Officer, Onyeka Akumah, also shared the Farmcrowdy story, past experiences particularly in regards to Poultry farming, the Poultry Farmer selection process and some exciting updates to look forward to.
A specific success story that stood out was that Farmcrowdy started out with 550 chickens in November, 2016 and it took us 6 weeks to sell out the units. In less than 24 months, Farmcrowdy has raised over 580,000 chickens and it takes us an average of 2 hours to sell out up to 1500 units of poultry farm.
In return, we also got some quality interaction with the sponsors in form of questions and feedback.
Frequently Asked Questions During the Tour
- Why do I encounter a problem when I try to sponsor above a Million Naira worth of farm units on the platform?
Response: there is no limit to the amount of sponsorship you can process on our platform as we do not process your financial information neither do we retain your debit card information. The only limit is the one placed on your card based on the arrangement you have with your bank. To increase this limit, please speak to your bank account officer.
- Why are there limited farm units to sponsor?
Response: we believe in growing gradually and learning in the process. Another reason is the number of off-takers we work with and how many chickens they are willing to offtake from us. This has an effect on the number of farm units we can open for sponsorship per time but we are currently working on our expansion plan to ensure we can work with more rural farmers and that you always have farms to sponsor.
- Can we have an Auto-Renew Sponsorship system?
Response: that is currently not an option that is enabled on our platform due to some financial policies. However, our tech team is working out a system that may enable this feature in the near future.
The Founding Team at Farmcrowdy
- What is Farmcrowdy doing to train other youths or let them know the importance of Agriculture
Response: we usually make ourselves available when invited to different youth programmes to speak on Growing the Agricultural Sector in Nigeria and Africa at large. We also infuse the importance of agriculture whenever we speak on topics like innovation, business growth, economic development, and youth empowerment.
We are also working on a project that will even be far more impactful when it comes to youth involvement in Agriculture, so please look forward to our email updates and keep following us on social media to be in the know.
- In the “Pay with Bank” option, why do you have only a few banks listed?
Response: please note that the list of banks in the drop-down menu are the banks that our payment processor work with. The “Pay with Card” option works with all banks; however, we have requested that they work with more banks to enable our sponsors use the “Pay with Bank” option whenever they like. They are currently working on this and are hopeful that they will get access to more banks in the near future.
General Feedback from The Sponsors
The feedback we got from the sponsors has been a goldmine to us and we are thankful always for their support. We at Farmcrowdy thrive on this feedback and it will help us improve the features provided on our platform.
Some of the feedback pointed to how they heard about Farmcrowdy which is either through a friend, on social media or when researching different investment options.
A cross-section of Farm sponsors and Farmcrowdy Team at our Poultry Farm, Ogun State
What was most exciting for us was the networking amongst everyone that was a part of the trip. Our sponsors work in different industries from Software development to Facility management so there was a lot of brilliant ideas to share.
Thank you to everyone that made this an outstanding success. We look forward to our next farm trip which is going to be bigger and better.
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