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Digitised Food Traceability System Arrives In Nigeria

 

By Muhammad Sani Abdullahi

A digitised food traceability system, which is the first of its kind in Africa, will soon be available in Nigeria.

It is a technical system for improved value chain in Agribusiness which is evolving in the great economies of the world.

The system maximises food production and distribution, reducing both risks and waste during and after production processes.

The system is rooted in digital technology which uses block chain technology via Internet of Things (IoT).

In a statement obtained by Nigerian Kicker, the CEO, DDHub Nigeria, AbdulGaniyu Rufai Yakub said, Digital Development Hub (DDHub), one of the leading Nigerian startups, has entered into tripartite partnership with Decapolis, a Jordanian company which specialises on digital agriculture as well as the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to start digitised food traceability system in Nigeria.

According to him, the agreement, which was signed months ago, led to the take off work at the sites visited by the Jordanian partners in August, 2022.

“The two Companies, with the support of NASENI, have concluded plans to use its pilot sites in Lafia, Nasarawa State and Calabar, Cross River State where the program will be put to test in Nigeria.

“The aim of the program is to use Information technology to help Nigerian farmers on bridging global gap standards, which in turn enhances agricultural profitability and acceptance of farmers produce in the international market.

“The system also targets Nigerian farmers and agro processors alike to progress into digital agricultural ventures which are ruling the world of agriculture,” he said.

Yakub added that under the system, the Nigerian farmers stand to have a wide range of benefits such as improved quantity output, improved quality of products which are fundamental for global food acceptance in the market.

In addition, he said, the system is conceived to technically provide support to Nigerian Government policy of Zero Reject of country’s exported farm produce at international market.

Our Correspondent reports that during his site visit to Nigeria in August, 2022, the CEO of Decapolis, Abdurrahman Habeshna, shared an insight on how the system boosts the income of small holder farmers as well as boosting the export capacity of Jordanian farmers produce in European markets.

“The Decapolis Food Safeguard system used adopted IoT and Blockchain technologies to empower farmers and producers to maximize yield, reduce disease and optimize resources.

“The same thing will be done here in Nigeria with DDHub, which is our local partners,”  he said.

 

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