The idea of Grassroot Farmers and Associate came to be because it’s one thing to get to the market and another thing to find what you are looking for. The jobs are not there. That is why from the outset, we caught this light to raise job creators, not job seekers. The cheapest way to be a job creator is to engage in Agro-preneurship, getting involved in what will remain relevant for life. No matter the development and heights anyone will scale, food will remain ever relevant.
There is not going to be any laboratory in this life that will prepare food in form of tablets to be taken and one will feel fed. Food will be relevant as long as life remains. Think of an area of your life where you will remain relevant and Agro-preneurship is one cheap way to remain relevant in your adventure in life, particularly now that the white collar job is going as the population is growing.
Agriculture, without mixing words, is the main stay of any setting, being a group of people, community, region, country or continent. It is the bedrock of any economy, serving the food needs, source of raw materials for most industries and as a major source of foreign exchange. Hitherto the discovery and exploration of petroleum oil in the late fifties in Nigeria, it was the main foreign income earning. Take a look at this; Nigeria exported 42% of groundnut globally before the oil boom but now 0%, cocoa accounted for 18% but today 0.4%, palm oil was 27% and now only 4% while, cotton came down to 0.3% from 12%.
On the 12th of August, 2016, It was a breaking news when the Federal Government of Nigeria announced that Nigeria spends one trillion Naira annually on the importation of only four food items, viz- rice, wheat, sugar and fish. Whereas, we have all it takes to produce to meet local consumption and export. It is true that the richest countries of the world today, especially, The United States of America built their economy from Agriculture, While, we gave sleeping injection to it when we found oil.
Nigeria with over 180 million people today and over 70 million farmers which is the biggest black nation needs a more articulated and integrated farming processes. We at All Grassroot Farming & Associates Nigeria Limited, have discovered that farmers, in spite of their efforts have remain poor, uninformed and of low productivity. The reason why many farmers remain poor is that the farmers act alone, plan alone, sell alone, bear their loses alone, and operate with limited resources with no adequate information on their right and contribution to have good governance. This is why All Grassroot Farming & Associates Nigeria Limited has taken the challenges to make its own contribution, especially in the Niger-Delta area with Delta State as the anchor state that has been adversely affected by the recent past youth restiveness, militants agitations, kidnapping and robbery because we know that food security will birth peace and progress when combined with good governance.
Profile- Support Team
All Grassroot Farming & Associates Nigeria Limited has well back-up agricultural experts of the likes, to mention but a few;
1) Amb. (Dr) Israel Odezi Ewawa
2) Reverend Admbor Sunday
3) Uyeh, Charles Adigheji
4) Peter Tortor
Amb. (Dr) Israel Odezi Ewawa-Dr. Israel Odezi Ewawa is a man of many parts. He is an astute personality in the Christian leadership fold in Nigeria from 1983 till date. He is the General Overseer of Pathway of Life Ministry Warri, Nigeria. His vision is for the liberation of the total man. In meeting this vision, agricultural enterprises become an important means to fulfill the vision. While he cares for the spiritual welfare of humanity, the other aspect of man cannot be left out. Jesus said …”Give ye them to eat(Matthew 14:16). Thus, the formation of the Grass-Root Farmers Multipurpose Cooperatives Society and the All Grassroot Farming and Associate Nigeria limited, Petagi-Dezi Agricultural Farmers Ltd, Odezi-Aduwe Agricultural Integrated Ltd, Royal Tree (Ethics and values) Multi-purpose cooperative society Ltd and Delta State Cash and Arable Crops Multi-Purpose Cooperative Union Asaba. In all these, Dr. Israel holds the chairmanship position Which become very tools to meet up with the great vision.
Dr. Israel Odezi Ewawa is a holder of Doctorate Degree (Th.D) in Practical Theology from Cleveland University of Theology, Tennessee, U.S.A. He also holds Master in Human Science (M.Sc.) from Project Philips College, Georgia U.S.A., Diploma in Data Processing from Petroleum Training Institute Effurun Nigeria and Diploma in Marine Engineering from St. Morris School of Marine International Port-Harcourt Nigeria. He had numerous training over the years in Agricultural sector from Governmental and Non-Governmental Organization in Nigeria. Recently, he attended a training For Directors of Micro Finance Banks Under “Bottom-Up Project”. He is a Man to recown with in all ramification.
Amb. (Dr) Israel Odezi Ewawa
Reverend Admbor Sunday-The Vice Chairman “Rev Adunbor Sunday” is a young and Dynamic Christian in the vineyard of the lord. He is the assistance General overseer of reigns family Assembly Inc. and also CEO of Osanfix service Nig limited, with the vision of building a generational standard and equipping the people that build the nation. He is married to pastor Mrs. Favor, he hold Diploma in theology and certificate course in electrical and instrumentation (industrial) Delta state, He is also a motivational speaker in seminar and marriage chancellor. A preacher of the gospel of our lord Jesus Christ .
Reverend Admbor Sunday
Charles Uyeh- Secretary of the association, He holds Diploma in (Fisheries Technology) from Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology Lagos Nigeria, Higher Diploma in (Agricultural Extension and Management) from Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro and B.Sc Degree in (Marketing) from Delta State University Abraka. He is a member of Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON).
Uyeh, Charles Adigheji
PETER TORTOR - He is the assistant Secretary of All grassroot farmers Association. He bags a B.sc degree from University OfPort-Harcourt. He is very dynamic personality with a vast knowledge in farm management. Today, he is a respected Agricultural Consultant.
ODUARAN AGHOGHO - He is the project manager of all grass-root-farmers association. He had a B.sc from Ambrose-Ali university in Edo state Nigeria. He is also Tech-iosh member (NEBOSH CERTIFICATION) and comprehensively excellent in Budget Control and Project Risk Planning. He is also Project Management and HSE certified.
1. FOOD SUFFICIENT: complementing the effort of the Government in providing sufficient food for the nation thereby boasting the economy in the area of food security.
2. WEALTH CREATION THROUGH INVESTMENT: Investment in agriculture gives wealth creates job opportunity to nations thus the only riches she call her own.
3. CAPACITY BUILDING: We believe in training and re-training of all members noting technology is not static if our vision must manisfest with speed of light.
4. EFFICIENT LAND UTILIZATION: We ensure maximum utilization of land resources noting its vital importance in agricture thus cherish it purposefully as a gift to mankind from God.
5. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: We ensure maximum protection of available land resources noting the negative impacts it will have on our crops and livestock if not protected.
·To co-operate with the ministries of Agriculture with the expectation of the global policy on food production.
·To partner with the government and non-governmental organizations to execute agricultural and agro based projects.
·To supplement government efforts through cooperative ventures in empowering the youths and poverty alleviation in Nigeria.
·To act as link between organized co-operative farmers, Governments, NGOs and Agricultural Development Association, Agricultural Funding Institutions and World bank assisted Agricultural Projects and increase the overall food supply to feed the Nation through micro credit empowerment.
·To partner with International Organizations to establish an integrated Bio-fuel plantation and to construct bio-energy plant and to fully harnessed our seventeen thousand hectares of land awaiting development.
·To create employment opportunities through established of various Agricultural industries and to ensure the welfare of our registered co-operatives members for contributions.
·To redress the dilemma in agricultural produce, tools, machines, and their sustainability, e.t.c.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR THIS PROJECT
Nigerian Agricultural Structure: Nigeria is highly blessed with natural resources. Nigeria soil and climate allow cultivation of a variety of food crops estimates indicates that 82 million hectares out of Nigeria total land area of about 91 million hectares are arable. However, only about 34 million are being cultivated presently.
Most agricultural activities takes place in the northern states of Nigeria such as kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, and Western states as Oyo, Osun e.t.c.
In the 1960sd early 70s agricultural product had been the main source of income for Nigeria. Its economy relieved on agricultural products such as cocoa, palm oil, millet sorghum, maize cotton, groundnut, corn, cassava, and live stock products such as live goat, cow, fish, poultry, pigs etc.
However, with the discovery of Oil, the then government of Nigeria shifted its focus to crude oil exports, eventually the agricultural sector suffered from neglects and food situation became in-secured in Nigeria. The food production over the past burgeoning population and the food and agricultural organization (FAO) listed Nigeria among the food deficit countries. Eventually, the country moved from being a large net exporter of agricultural produce at the time of impendence to a sizable importer, more so, the importation of agricultural product from oversea had directly contributed to depleted state of our economy and brought about deterioration in the agricultural sector.
To rectify this ugly situation, the Federal Government introduced the Green Revolution Program (GPR) and Operation Feed the Nation (OFN) in which there is a frantic effort to boost the agricultural sector, in an attempt to collaborate the effort of the Government this project is initiated.
Our focus in this shall be on crops and livestocks production of which eight (8) of the crops products shall be food crops (production takes duration of 6 months to 1 year) and enhance cash crops, palm oil (which is produced within one to one and halve years).