The Ministry of agriculture irrigation and livestock in Afghanistan has engaged Messer Cellulant Nigeria, an indigenous mobile commerce company to begin the process of establishing a market-based input distribution technology to boost the country’s agricultural sector.
The Agrikore/ e-wallet technology developed by the Nigerian company gives small holder farmers access to agricultural inputs of improved varieties, fertilizer, and agro-chemicals, making it the backbone of increased productivity and profitability.
The technology allows the best seeds and fertilizers available to many small holder farmers to raise crop yields.
Speaking on the partnership with the Afghanistan government, Bolaji Akinboro, co- founder of Cellulant Corporation said that the technology is the gift of Cellulant to humanity.
‘‘Afghanistan is beautiful to us, we are glad to come all the way from Africa-Nigeria to make life better for the small holder farmer in Afghanistan.’’
Akinboro appreciated the government and people of Afghanistan for giving Cellulant the opportunity and the space to participate in making life better for small holder farmers.
‘‘Cellulant is driven to solve the most difficult problem on earth using our payment technology. We will work with the Government of Afghanistan to get inputs to 1 million farmers in the next 90-120 days,” he said.
Conceived in Nigeria, by Akinwumi Adesina, President of AfDB and former Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria; and developed and implemented by Messers Cellullant Nigeria Limited, the e-wallet solution provides a holistic system to link the farmers to agricultural inputs supply chain, finance and markets through integration with mobile network operators, input markets, extensions services, financial service providers, commodity market, and insurance service providers.
Reports show that the technology enabled Nigeria to increase its food production by an average of 21 million Metric tonnes annually from 2012 – 2015; a period of falling food prices and abundance food availability. Out of Nigeria, Cellulant has exported this technology to other African countries in francophone and Anglophone Africa such as Liberia, Togo Uganda etc.
Masser’s eWallet or Agrikore ecosystem has benefited 17 million farmers, 2500 Agri-business, 800 e-extension workers and over 2,500 service points in Nigeria. This technology enables more than 5 million farmers to get access to high quality inputs every year.