A Nigerian company, Digital Development Hub (DDHub), has entered into a three-way partnership with Decapolis, a Jordanian company specializing in digital agriculture, as well as the National Agency for Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (NASENI) to launch a system of digitized food traceability in Nigeria.
A statement released Monday in Abuja by DDHub Nigeria Managing Director, AbdulGaniyu Rufai Yakub, said the deal was signed in Abuja over the weekend, adding that it was the first of its kind in Africa.
According to Yakub, the food traceability system is a technological system for the improvement of the value chain in the agro-industry which is evolving in the major economies of the world.
He said the system maximizes food production and distribution, reducing both risk and waste during and after production processes.
“The system is rooted in digital technology that uses blockchain technology through the Internet of Things (IoT).
“The objective of the program is to use information technology to help Nigerian farmers fill global gaps, which in turn improves agricultural profitability and the acceptance of farmers’ products in the international market. The system also targets Nigerian farmers and agro-industrialists to move towards a digital agricultural enterprise that dominates the world of agriculture.
“Under this system, Nigerian farmers will enjoy a wide range of benefits such as improved production quantity, improved product quality, which are fundamental for the global acceptance of food on the market. Invariably, farmers’ income will increase, adding value to their overall well-being.
“Furthermore, the system is designed to provide technical support to the Nigerian government’s policy of zero rejection of agricultural products exported from the country in the international market. It will also enhance Nigeria’s export promotion as well as foreign exchange earnings through agriculture.
The statement also quotes Decapolis Managing Director Abdurrahman Habeshna as saying the system increases the incomes of smallholder farmers and astronomically increases Jordan’s export capacity, improving the acceptability of Jordanian farmers’ products on the market. European markets.
“The Decapolis Food Safeguard system has used and adopted IoT and Blockchain technologies to enable farmers and producers to maximize yield, reduce disease and optimize resources. And the same will be done here in Nigeria with DDHub, who are our local partners,” Habeshna said.
The two companies, with the support of NASENI, have however concluded a plan to test the system starting with its sites in Lafia, Nasarawa State and Calabar, Cross River State.