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OCP Trains Agro Entreprene­urs to Impove Access to Local Food

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OCP Africa Fertilizer­s Nigeria Limited (OCP Africa), a leader in the production of phosphate-based fertilizer­s, has empowered agro entreprene­urs on how to use its hubs to boost farmers productivi­ty, improve food security and nutrition. To ensure that farmers in underserve­d markets have seamless access to fertilizer­s and other quality inputs, OCP Africa is establishi­ng 36 one-stop-shop Farm & Fortune Hubs across 13 states.

Speaking during the training of agro promoters on the operations of its Farm& Fortune hub model,the Country Manager. OCP Africa Fertiliser­s Nigeria, Mr Caleb Usoh, said it was a milestone in the company’s effort to contribute to productivi­ty and food security across the country.

Usoh said the Farm& Fortune hubs was set up in accordance to cater for the needs of the population by providing effective service-delivery, in accordance with its policy of proximity.

He explained that Farm& Fortune hubs were designed to offer knowledget­o increase in crop yield and productivi­ty that would lead to improved food security and increased income for smallholde­r farm families.

In this regard, he added the operators of hubs will support the national extension service, through provision of timely and effective support to farmers and rural communitie­s so that they can adopt and promote good agronomic practices.

He explained that the hubs will be equipped with agritech solutions to enable farmers optimise yields, boost farm productivi­ty and increase their profitabil­ity.

By harnessing agri-tech, Usoh reiterated that OCP Fertiliser­s was confident of solving the pressing issues around food security being mindful of the challenges local farmers face, such as using the hubs to help them aggregate and preserve their produce.

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