The Kogi Agricultural Development Project (ADP)has inaugurated an internet marketing platform to connect farmers in the state to the outside world to enable them to sell their produce.
The Managing Director of the ADP, Mr Oyisi Okatahi, said at the inauguration in Lokoja that the aim was to enable the farmers to sell their produce at good prices without the interference of the middle men.
Okatahi said the platform named: “Kogi Online Agricultural Market Place,” would also help the farmers to preserve their goods as the buyers could off-take the produce even before the harvest.
He said that the agricultural market place could be accessed on “kogiadp.org,” pointing out that the platform was open to other farmers in the country.
According to him, the strategy is for the extension agents to help farmers list their farm produce online and get the best prices for them.
Okatahi said that the Gov. Yahaya Bello had given the ADP a marching order to implement a project that would benefit the people every month.
According to him, Bello’s administration is very committed to making Kogi the foremost agricultural state in Nigeria.
“We started in November 2017 with a programme, “Kogi Agricultural Summit” and in December followed with “Rice Processing at ADP Office.”
“In Jan. 2018 we had “Cassava City” and now in February we are having “Online Agricultural Market Place,” Okatahi said.
The managing director advised youths in the state to key into the agricultural revolutionary programmes of the State and Federal Governments.
He said the programmes were sure ways of gaining employment rather than waiting for white collar jobs.