OCP Africa, a company that produces and exports phosphate-based fertilizers, has deepened its partnership with Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), to ensure Nigerians are food secure by enhancing tomato production techniques.
The partnership, which is in its second year, has helped to address constraints that hamper the improvement in yields of Tomato farmers in Nigeria’s agricultural sector and improve agricultural productivity and standardization of outputs.
Very specifically, the project is focused on the establishment of greenhouses and input hubs across tomato farming locations for easy access to consistent and quality seedlings, access to modern agricultural technologies, customized training, and guided practices to guarantee the uniform outcome of produce that will feed identified, commercial processors.
Akintunde Akinwande, OCP Africa’s Head of Business Development and Digital projects, said "so far, 20 greenhouses have been established across major tomato production areas in Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, and Abuja, with over 20,000 farmers accessing quality seedlings and inputs as well as good agricultural practice training on modern production techniques as well as linkages to offtake markets and processors."
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