How Alluvial Agriculture Manages Agribusiness Risk in Niger Delta, Nigeria
In the upcoming Value Chain Financing international summit holding September 18th and 19th in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Welcome2Africa International, the organiser of the event will be featuring Dimieari Von Kemedi, managing director of Alluvial Agriculture.
Alluvial is an integrated farm business based in Nigeria that uses the best of modern technology and traditional methods to deliver ecologically and socially sustainable farming that enriches the environment and supports smallholder farming communities. It is an innovative and highly scalable private sector response to the challenge of food security focused initially on the Niger-Delta region of the southern part of Nigeria - the world’s seventh largest country.
Niger-Delta region spans over 20,000 square kilometres and it has been described as the largest wetland in Africa and among the three largest in the world. About 2,370 square kilometres of the Niger Delta area consist of rivers, creeks and estuaries while stagnant swamp covers about 8,600 square kilometres.
Alluvial has historically focused on rice production, but with growing domestic demand they have over the years expanded to include an active horticulture and cassava farming. Committed to enhancing the lives of individuals in the Niger-Delta communities in which it operates, Alluvial is working with both the youths and women to achieve their potential by providing opportunities and skills for personal and community growth.
Farming in the region over the years have come with various risks and hindrances which have all been overcome by Alluvial trade. During Welcome2Africa International's site visits to the region, they were able to point out various key activities carried out by Alluvial trade, and identify some of the opportunities/challenges. This includes
1. Irrigation: Flooding is one of the major environmental crises globally especially in most wetlands. Alluvial trade has been able to resolve the issue of flood by planting on highlands and properly irrigating its farms within the region. Prior to the involvement of Alluvial trade in the region, flooding was one of the major disasters faced by farmers as they regularly count losses when their crops have been washed away by flash floods and heavy rains.
2. Access to efficient labour: Alluvial trade has set a standard for community development within the Niger Delta region, they keep to this standard by employing the labours of individuals indigenous to the environment they are situated in. They do this by liaising with the local chiefs within these communities who in turn pass information to individuals who are interested to work within the communities.
3. Access to Farm Lands: Because of the land use policies in the region, access to lands in the Niger-Delta area is hard to process. On arrival to the region a few years back, Alluvial trade successfully made agreements with local chiefs who in turn gave them access to hectares of land for farming practices. Alluvial trade in turn creates employment for indigenes and generates income for communities.
4. Maximising output: Alluvial trade practices this by mixed cropping on farm lands. Apart from rice, other crops that are on high demand within the region are cassava, oil palm and yam. Alluvial trade has been able to integrate these crops into its farming processes. This has in turn led to profit maximisation and increase in revenue over the years.
5. Rice transplant: Rice seedlings grown in a nursery are pulled and transplanted into puddled and levelled fields 15 to 40 days after seeding (DAS). Rice seedlings can either be transplanted manually or by machine. This is done in order to get higher yields and less weeding. Broadcasting of seedlings is also practiced in some parts of Nigeria.
VALUE CHAIN FINANCIERS & SERVICE PROVIDERS
If you are a finance/investment professional and you wish to learn more about the opportunities/challenges within Africa's Agribusiness Sector, particularly within the value chain, join in the Value Chain Financing Edition of the Agrique Africa Investment Summit scheduled to take place 18+19th September, in Utrecht. If you are an Agribusiness Service provider, and you would like to proffer your product or service to a network of finance/investment professionals and/or large scale commercial agribusinesses in Africa, write Welcome2Africa.
A major part of Welcome2Africa International summits (Agrique Africa summit), is to provide an a platform where the opportunities and challenges within Africa's Agribusiness sector can be explored.