OVERVIEW OF THE EDO FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL CLUSTER (EDO-FAC)

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An interesting adage goes thus, “If you tickle the earth with a hoe, she laughs
with a harvest”- douglas

The importance of Agriculture in the world today cannot be over emphasized.
Agriculture is gradually becoming the next oil well of Nigeria, in the nearest
future, the next multi-millionaires would be emerging from this sector.
One of the greatest challenges faced by farmers is the inability to sell harvested
farm produce. Imagine putting in so much effort and time, clearing, tilling,
cultivating, nurturing and harvesting farm produce and eventually have them rot
away.

EDO-FAC IN BRIEF

The Edo State Food and Agricultural Cluster commonly known as (EDO-FAC)
is an initiative of Governor Godwin Obaseki to alleviate the sufferings and
enrich the lives of farmers in Edo state. It is located at Ehor, Uhunmwonde local
government area. The facility was commissioned by the state Governor on the
23rd of November, 2019.

MAJOR SECTORS IN EDO-FAC

● Food and Agricultural products cluster
● Entrepreneurship and Agro business Development centre

● Centre for Agricultural Communications and Agronomy
● Centre for Agricultural Engineering and Fabrication
● Farmers’ market
● Agricultural Extension Services.

RECENT HAPPENINGS IN EDO-FAC

1. EDO-FAC COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH
FARMERS IN UHUNMWONDE LOCAL
GOVERNMENT AREA

The management of EDO-FAC commenced visitation and community
engagement with farmers in uhi community. This meeting was held on
Thursday, 7
th March, 2019. And was attended by representatives from NOVUS
AGRO and MADE (market development programme in the niger delta) In the
meeting, the representatives from Novus agro (Stephanie and Victor) spoke to
the farmers about the various ways they have assisted Farmers in the Northern
part of Nigeria and that they intend to extend the same level of assistance to
farmers in Edo State, hence the need for their visit to the farmers. The
opportunities brought to the farmers by Novus agro include;

● · Access to loans in form of improved seedlings, herbicides, and land
preparation logistics.
● · Provision of market for their farm produce.
Also a representative from MADE (market development programme in the niger
delta) also spoke to the farmers regarding their own role which includes;
● · Providing farmers with aggregators (bulk buyers)
Edo state is well endowed with agricultural products. Now the world has a place
to interact with our farmers.

2. AGGREGATION BEGINS IN EDO- FAC
Farmers in Ehor uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State have sold
farm produce worth over #2,000,000 ( Two million naira) through Edo-fac, and
Edo-fac is just getting started as it invites more aggregators( bulk buyers) both
locally and internationally to buy more farm produce such as pineapple (the
pineapples in Ehor are to die for), plantain, cassava etc.


For More Details on the Recent Happenings at the Edo Food and Agricultural
Cluster checkout the “edofac_ehor” on instagram.

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