Farmcrowdy Group, owner of digital agriculture platform Farmcrowdy and the newly launched Farmgate Africa, an online agro-commodity aggregator, announced a strategic partnership with Best Foods Livestock and Poultry Ltd., a Nigeria-based agribusiness company with more than 16 years of operations and a focus on the processing and marketing of livestock produce.
Under the agreement, Farmcrowdy Group and its subsidiaries will consolidate its financial, technology, sales and marketing resources to increase the go-to-market efforts of Best Foods with Farmgate Africa. The partnership will also work toward specifically improving the livestock value chain across the nation through Farmcrowdy's production. This will improve the quality of meat production and processing practices in alignment with international standards.
"According to state records, Lagos state alone consumes over 6,000 cows daily. This partnership with Farmcrowdy Group will create easy access to funds that will be used to establish the best meat processing practices utilized around the globe. This will eventually lead to Best Foods expanding beyond the meat industry, as both companies have synergy in other areas that will be good for Nigeria's overall agricultural space," says Emmanuel Ijewere, chairman of Best Foods Group and vice president of the Nigerian Agricultural Business Group (NABG).
"We are going into this relationship with Best Foods for the long haul to improve how Nigerians access quality beef,” adds Onyeka Akumah, group CEO and founder of Farmcrowdy Group. “This relationship will see all partners work together to raise quality cattle, process and sell quality beef to major buyers around the country. We are therefore excited that we have a respected expert like Mr. Ijewere offering his years of experience, network and assets to improve our process while we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship for many years to come."
This partnership will also enable Farmgate to meet widening demand from a host of strategic key accounts, including modern retail facilities, restaurants, international hotel chains, schools and caterers, for healthy and traceable meat.
“This is tremendous traction for Farmgate Africa. The increasing daily demand for meat in Lagos is encouraging and a pointer to growth. Part of our mandate is to reduce the spread of animal-to-human diseases by providing affordable, traceable, fit-for-slaughter and disease-free bulls coming directly from Farmcrowdy Group's feedlots across the country," says Kenneth Obiajulu, co-founder and managing director of Farmgate Africa.