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Vegetable partnership

Vegetable partnership

With the aim of mobilizing more actor groups into the vegetable partnership in Saki, Saki East Local Govevernment Area of Oyo state, Nigeria, vegetable partnership was established among stakeholders in the region with the shared vision of championing the vegetable value chain in Nigeria by becoming the major producer and supplier of vegetables in organized markets.

Some of the critical challenges faced by local farmers in this region include; lack of interest and capacity in dry season farming; which is promising, access to quality agrochemicals and improved seeds, inaccessible micro credits to scale up production among others.

In this regard, about 1000 producers within the cluster with 25%of this population being female, were mentored to adopt the use of improved seeds, coupled with every other best agricultural practices.

Also, all year round production planning and timing to leverage on the high price of produce during the period of scarcity was established.

The cluster has a projection of being the major producer and supplier of vegetables in saki markets and other organized markets. Its actors also propose to formalize and register the various societies as a cooperative. It is projected that the membership  will grow to  2000 farmers from nearby  communities.

To ensure compliance with environmental protection policy as revealed by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Act of 1988 (FEPA Act) repealed by the National Environmental Standards Regulation Agency (NESREA) Act 2007, The farmers were linked up with Spray Service Providers to enable them understand  the dynamics of using herbicides to ensure their safety without harming the environment .