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Young agric innovators get $40,000 grant to transform value chain

Heifer International, through the Africa Challenge in Nigeria (AYuTe), has awarded $40,000 grants to three young agric-tech innovators as part of efforts to boost efficiency…

Heifer International, through the Africa Challenge in Nigeria (AYuTe), has awarded $40,000 grants to three young agric-tech innovators as part of efforts to boost efficiency of food production in Nigeria.

Speaking at the 2024 grand finale in Abuja on Thursday, Dr Lekan Tobe, Country Director Heifer International, said the initiative will encourage innovators to leverage on technology to achieve transformation in Nigeria’s agricultural sector.

“Leveraging youth and technology presents opportunity for the transformation of agriculture, ensure food security, youth employment, and economic development.

“It also helps smallholder farmers to be better organised and build improved strength to engage with the market,” he said. The competition serves as a springboard for identifying and supporting outstanding young agritech innovators for visibility, growth and increased productivity for smallholder farmers.

The winners include Ruth Ede, Scratop Nigeria Limited, who was awarded $20,000 grants for her innovation in converting bio waste into nutrients-rich bio fertilizers.

Akpem Shadrach, Vet Konect, a digital animal health company secured $12,000 for his innovation in providing comprehensive care for livestock farmers across Africa via mobile devices using AI tools to boost productivity.

While, Chinasa Stephanie-Meltus, Scarecrow Green Eden’s 4th industrial revolution got $8,000 for using technology in combating climate change effects and increasing farming efficiency for smallholder farmers.

Ruth Ede, the overall winner, revealed that she will use the $20,000 grant to improve access to nutrients-rich biofertilizer for farmers to boost production.

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