Many people, especially those who live in cities would have loved to farm but they have no time. Some others have time but have not enough resources for land and seeds.

The quest to solve this problem gave birth to Farmcrowdy - a digital agriculture platform using technology to help Nigerians to become farmers. It helps people sponsor a farm in exchange for the proceeds or profits from sale of proceeds.

Since it launched in 2016, Farmcrowdy has seen a huge uptake, empowering over 3,000 small scale-farmers across Nigeria.

The demand for its services have been growing and it is on the back of this that it has now reopened additional crop farms for sponsorship.

On Thursday, the platform announced the launch of 7,500 acres of new maize and rice farms in Kaduna and Kwara states. Sponsorship will be open on the 4th and 9th of April 2018 for Maize and Rice farms respectively, said the platform in a statement made available to Bounce News.

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“Kaduna will see the cultivation of 5,000 acres of maize by 2,000 new Farmcrowdy farmers, while Kwara will witness 2,500 acres of rice being cultivated by over 1,000 direct rice farmers,” the statement added.

It stated that the increase in land officially more than doubles the acreage of the agritech startup, which at the end of 2017, had cultivated 4,000 acres of farmland across 8 states in Nigeria. 

Speaking on the new farmland acquisition, Onyeka Akumah, who is the co-Founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy said: “Today’s announcement is such an incredible landmark for us. We have been fervently working towards scaling up our operations across the country and these 7,500 additional acres of rice and maize farms, will allow us to do just that.”

He added: “We’re eager to see continued advanced growth in other crops including poultry in the near future; but at this point, we are particularly looking forward to welcoming on our platform more farm sponsors and followers locally and globally, as we continue to redefine the dynamics of farming and agriculture for not only Nigeria, but eventually Africa.”

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