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OGBOMOSO AGRIBUSINESS STAKEHOLDERS MEETING

OGBOMOSO AGRIBUSINESS STAKEHOLDERS MEETING

A meeting organized to validate a multi-stakeholder maize innovation platform; strategies for sustainable funding of coaching supports; and other cluster business support services as 2SCALE support was ending, took place on 21stAugust, 2017 at Ise-Oluwani Cooperative Union Multipurpose Hall, Ogbomoso, Oyo state. Preceding the introduction of cluster actors, an opening remark was delivered by Mr. Akinpelu, a major actor within the ABC.

The meeting was scheduled to hold twice- the first meeting would review 2SCALE’s support, while the second meeting would look into how to sustain the funding of coaching support and other business supporSS team are: Arowolo Rachael and Olayiwola Sodiq. The BSS, Mr. Sola, congratulated the ABC on their newly established agro input store.

To give new participants an insight on the purpose of the meeting, the BSS briefly explained that it was arranged as an intervention from the organizational bodies ICRA and IFDC, under a project named 2SCALE. The project targets not only maize farmers, but all actors involved in the maize production value chain (agro inputs dealers, laborers, transporters, processors, marketers etc.).

Some of the accomplishments recorded under this project by Ogbomosho ABC are: establishment of agro inputs store and Participation in spray service provider training. The BSS furthered by asking actors to name other benefits they got from the project. The following were amongst those mentioned:

 

  • Training on proper harvesting of produce;
  • Training on proper storage of produce;
  • Training on proper planning;
  • Training on cost analysis;
  • Record keeping training;
  • Fund sourcing model;
  • Cost reducing analysis;
  • Introduction to quality agro inputs;
  • Warranty process;
  • Traceability;
  • Demo farm involvement; and most importantly
  • Production of aflatoxin free maize.

 

The reason for low income on maize production by farmers is its high level of aflatoxin – a major factor for its low demand by reputable companies that could partner with the cluster, the BSS explained. He then urged the cluster to imbibe the habit of using Aflasafe to control the anti- nutritional factors in maize.

Some actors who were given improved maize seeds to plant and Aflasafe for application to the plants in May, 2016 revealed that the cobs of their harvest were very neat, although they couldn’t tell if they had aflatoxin, or did not; this cannot be determined by unaided eyes.

Amongst the questions answered by the BSS was one about his reachability after 2SCALE ended. He responded that he could be reached always. Another actor asked if there was any other cluster other than the maize cluster, the BSS responded by mentioning other existing clusters under 2SCALE project such as dairy partnership in Saki,  Soybean partnership, Cassava in Ado Awaye, Vegetable partnership etc. But maize cluster is the focus of 2SCALE in Ogbomoso.

In the vein of discussing the sustainability of ABC, another meeting was held on the 22nd August, 2017 at Ise Oluwani Cooperative Union Multipurpose Hall, Ogbomoso, Oyo State. The meeting was anchored by Mr. Sola Fagurosi and other members of his team, Rachael Arowolo and Olayiwola Sodiq.

At the interactive session, the actors within the cluster, who were part of the meeting (Review and Capitalization Meeting) that took place in Akure briefed ABC their resolutions.

The major conclusion during the meeting was that unity with other clusters (Ayetoro, Apomu, and Oyo) is important; it would encourage the parties to share ideas and innovations with one another.

It was also concluded that a committee comprising nominees from each ABCs will be established. They will see to how fund can be generated internally as 2SCALE supports winds up.

Another avenue through which funds can be internally generated is the cluster’s serving as a sales representative for notable agro companies like jabaile, Saro, AC food etc.

Other identified approaches to generating funds to ABCs include:

    • Nucleus Farming;
    • Tractor services;

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  • Training charges; and
  • Premium on Produce.

 

At the end of the meeting, some of the notable accomplishments of the cluster were mentioned, they include: establishment of the cluster’s Agro input store; adoption of Aflasafe application to maize farm; a habit of using improved planting materials.

The meeting was concluded by a major actor who urged ABC to build on the solid relationship that had been established between actors through 2SCALE, and that the cluster should try its best to execute all the strategic approaches to generate fund so as to be able to sustain the funding of ABC business and coaching support services once 2SCALE ends.

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A second meeting was held on this day (22nd August, 2017) to consolidate the ABC’s coordination action through the Nucleus Farm Estate Arrangement.

Nucleus farming is a kind of arrangement between the buyers and POs. It involves the buyer specifying the quality and quantity of product required, with POs agreeing to deliver at a date.

The benefits of Nucleus farming such as facilitation of certification by POs — which is highly demanded in advance market — were discussed.

Apart from Nucleus farming arrangement, some other models that can be explored to sustain the funding of coaching and other business support services are:

  • Dividend on patronage;
  • Discount on bulk purchase/services;
  • Training charges; and
  • Premium on Produce.

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A meeting was held to link the cluster with financial institutions and Insurance Corporations to ensure sustainable funding of ABC’s coaching support and other business support services when 2SCALE was over.

In attendance were Mr. Olowolagba Femi, the relationship Manager at Zenith Bank, Mr. Adeagbo representing Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Corporation, and the Agribusiness cluster actors.

The first session was anchored by Mr. Adeagbo and Mrs. Kemi Famudun who gave brief information about the National Agricultural Insurance Corporation, an insurance company established by the federal government of Nigeria in 1987 to provide agricultural risks insurance to Nigerian farmers. They also talked to the actors on the procedures for getting their farms insured by the Corporation.

When the session was over, the actors asked questions — most of which were on how to be compensated after disasters on their farms – that were responded to.

The second session was handled by Mr Olowolagba Femi, a relationship manager at Zenith Bank. His speech was tailored to enlighten the actors on how to get fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The Agribusiness cluster complained that it was near impossible accessing the loans, and the interest was too high.

Mr. Olowolagba told them about Anchor Burrowers Programme, the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (ACGSF), and the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme which offer an interest rate of 9.0 percent.

He charged the participants to approach any bank and get a loan; this is their right as long as the given conditions — one of which is registration with Corporate Affairs Commission — can be met.

After his speech, Mr. Olowolagba was asked some questions by the actors and he attended to them.