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5 agritech investments to consider, as COVID-19 causes uncertainty in stock market

In a world where the Coronavirus pandemic has caused uncertainties in capital markets, agritech startups may have become safer options for investors.

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Agritech, Efficient Power: Addressing a Critical Element in Nigeria’s Agro-Industrial Revolution

In a world where the Coronavirus pandemic has caused uncertainties in capital markets, agritech startups may have become safer options for investors. Today, there are various agritech startups that have made farming more profitable, by eliminating risk exposure and delivering ROI to investors who do not have to buy land, place workers on salaries, or even burn cash on pest control and management.

These agritech startups have reinvented the way farm business is operated, hence, making more Nigerians – most especially blue-collar workers –to weigh their investment options and consider becoming digital farmers.

The following are five selected agritech startups that offer high yield investment opportunities through internet/mobile app-farming.

  1. Groupfarma

This agrictech startup was founded by Niyi Oguntade. It is an initiative of Timesellers Limited. Groupfarma focuses on tubers, small ruminate, vegetables, poultry, and rice farms. The investment options offered by Groupfarma have various returns on investment, falling between 20% and 28%, with farming cycles from 6 months and above.

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The capital required for investment is at least N50,000 per unit and the farm is covered by Leadway Assurance. Groupfarma has farms located in Ogun, Oyo, and Kaduna states. The company partners with the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation.

2. Farmsponsor

The firm is co-founded by Bill Kenneths and Akpa Chike. Farmsponsor leverages on technology to bridge the gap between interested investors and the farmers. It mainly focusses on poultry farming and offers investors assurance of 15% on 12-week cycles.

The start-up opens its farm to investors who are willing to invest from N100,000 to as much as N1 million. The investment firm also offers investors the opportunity to save their cash with vestwallet for upcoming cycles. Farmsponsor is also insured by Leadway Assurance and the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation.

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3. Requid

Felix Imafidon is the founder of the marketplace, Requid, which won the maiden edition of the Nigerian Stock Exchange X-Kathon competition. The agric investment platform operates with a twist, as it offers investors the option of liquidating (selling) at any time if an investor cannot wait till the end of their cycles. Note that the cycles are usually between 3 to 12 months.

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Uka Eje, Co-founder Thrive Agric

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The company also has the lowest capital investment among the selected agric-tech startups. Interested investors can invest as low as N5000 in investment opportunities aggregated by Requid, which include rice, goat, pig, cowper, cashew nuts, fish, yam, and poultry farms. Surprisingly, Requid offers as high as 60% cumulative return on investments annually.

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4. Thrive Agric

The agritech startup was co-founded by Ayodeji Arikawe and Uka Eje in 2016. Thrive Agric has farms in Oyo and Kano. Investors are allowed to invest from as low as N10,000 to as much as N85,000, depending on the investor’s preferred crop. Returns on investment fall between 12% and 20%, depending on the level of investment.

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Thrive Agric manages both poultry and rice farms, which are insured by Leadway Assurance.

5. Farmcrowdy

This list will not be complete without mentioning this agritech startup. Farmcrowdy is a household name in the agric investment space. It was co-founded by Onyeka Akumah, Akindele Phillips, Tope Omotolani, Christopher Abiodun, and Ifeanyi Anazodo four years ago to empower farmers and help investors earn profits without having to lift a shovel.

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Farmcrowdy offers a variety of investment options to investors, ranging from maize farms to rice, potatoes, fish, cassava, poultry, cattle, and more farms, most of which are located in Kaduna, Oyo, Ogun, Niger State, and Lagos states. These farms are insured by Leadway Assurance.

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Co-Founder of Farmcrowdy-Onyeka Akumah

Capital for investment falls between N20,000 and N60,000 per unit, with ROI ranging from 7% to as high as 44% depending on the investor’s farm choice. Farmcrowdy’s farm cycle runs between 3 and 24 months.

Why you should invest in agric

Nigeria is gradually moving closer towards experiencing an agrictech boom, as food security within the country is still low. The population explosion has further increased the value of agric businesses.

With a population of over 190 million,  Nigerian farmers are in need of more investments to meet the local demand for agricultural production as well as exportation needs. Not only is there a demand, the land is readily available, considering that out of 82 million hectares of Nigeria’s arable land only about 32 to 34 million hectares are cultivated.

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Following the border closure by President Muhammadu Buhari to support domestic farming, these hectares are expected to drastically decline in number in the long run. Ongoing efforts by the government to diversify the economy from oil dependence will also help in this regard. This is already paying off, considering that agriculture was one of the key drivers of the non-oil sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP, growing by 2.28% in Q3 2019.

However, there is a warning sign

Note that the agritech investment market is still very much under-regulated, even as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned interested investors must carry out due diligence before patronising any agritech platform. Part of this due diligence is to contact SEC after discussion with the investment platforms.

Olalekan is a certified media practitioner from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). In the era of media convergence, Olalekan is a valuable asset, with ability to curate and broadcast news. His zeal to write was developed out of passion to shape people’s thought and opinion; serving as a guideline for their daily lives. Contact for tips: [email protected]

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Bayei Daniel

    April 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Educative Article on turning away from the ever crashing oil sector to the future of investment in Agriculture.

    Fakoyejo olalekan …..nice job

  2. Uche Oguonu

    April 13, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Agri-tech is certainly the way to go at this time. Changing the face of Nigerian agricultural sector is a task that must be done

  3. Mayowa

    April 14, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I’m surprised that Nairametric would criticise an Agric tech company for offering 6-monthly ROI of 50% whilst promoting another in the same returns band. Smacks of inconsistency, to me.

  4. Mayowa Oduts

    April 14, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    I’m surprised that Nairametric would criticise an Agric tech company for offering 6-monthly ROI of 50% whilst promoting another in the same returns band. Smacks of inconsistency, to me.

    • Agritech

      April 16, 2020 at 5:22 am

      This is a sponsored article. Lacks credibility and proper investigative journalism.

  5. Gbemi

    April 15, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I love the fact that reQuid aggregates and verifies all the other agricultural technology companies in one place. Makes a whole lot of sense.

  6. Kingsley

    April 16, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Interesting facts here… & true too. My second year of doing business with ReQuid & it’s all you ever want; all Agrotech opportunities in one place & for a most discounted price too.
    It’s amazing & proudly Nigerian!!

  7. Anonymous

    April 20, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I didn’t understand this nairametrics

  8. Anonymous

    April 27, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Nice

  9. Anonymous

    May 2, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Nice one

  10. Abiola

    May 10, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you for this timely information Mr Olalekan.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 9th of August 2020, 437 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increase as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 46,577 confirmed cases.

On the 9th of August 2020, 437 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 2,864 samples across the country.

To date, 46,577 cases have been confirmed, 33,186 cases have been discharged and 945 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 317,496 tests have been carried out as of August 9th, 2020 compared to 314,632 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 9th August 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 46,577
  • Total Number Discharged – 33,186
  • Total Deaths – 945
  • Total Tests Carried out – 317,496

According to the NCDC, the 437 new cases were reported from 17 states- Lagos (107), FCT (91), Plateau (81), Kaduna (32), Ogun (30), Kwara (24), Ebonyi (19), Ekiti (17), Oyo (8), Borno (6), Edo (6), Kano (4), Nasarawa (3), Osun (3), Taraba (3), Gombe (2) and Bauchi (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 15,875, followed by Abuja (4,467), Oyo (2,868), Edo (2,382), Rivers (1,939), Kano (1,626), Kaduna (1,598), Delta (1,596), Plateau (1,502), Ogun (1,469), Ondo (1,284), Enugu (905), Ebonyi (870), Kwara (857), Katsina (746), Borno (688), Abia (644), Gombe (631),  Osun (628), and Bauchi (577).

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Imo State has recorded 476 cases, Benue (409), Nasarawa (370), Bayelsa (346),  Jigawa (322), Akwa Ibom (235), Niger (226), Adamawa (185), Ekiti (178), Sokoto (154), Anambra (142),  Kebbi (90), Zamfara (77), Taraba (72), Cross River (68), Yobe (67), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

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July 21, 202037801576805415677213197
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UPDATED: Buruji Kashamu dies, bows to COVID-19

Kashamu’s demise was announced by a former lawmaker-friend and party member on Twitter.

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Senator Esho Jinadu, popularly known as Buruji Kashamu, has died on Saturday.

Buruji, who was a member of the 8th Senate, died of complications from COVID-19 at the First Cardiology Consultants, Lagos.

This was disclosed by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce via his Twitter handle.

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Kashamu, 62, served as a Senator representing Ogun-East in the eighth National Assembly under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He joins a list of prominent Nigerians who have succumbed to the novel coronavirus.

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Former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and former Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, have also passed on from COVID-19 complications.

Kashamu’s family is yet to issue an official statement regarding his death.

 

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Ogun State initiates tax relief scheme to cushion effects of COVID-19

Governor Abiodun urged taxpayers in the state to make use of the relief packages.

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The Ogun State Government has announced that its Internal Revenue Service would launch tax relief packages to cushion the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on taxpayers in the state.

This was announced by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Saturday morning through a statement that was issued via his official Twitter handle.

Governor Abiodun urged taxpayers in the state to make use of the relief packages which include a 6 month extension of the 2019 income tax returns deadline for self-employed residents from March 31, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

He also granted an “8-month extension of filling of 2019 annual PAYE returns by PAYE operators/tax agents from January 31, 2020 to September 30, as well as complete waiver of interest and penalty for late filling for the extension period.”

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Other packages include a total waiver of interest and penalties for late remittances of PAYE for the extended period, and a waiver for late payment of Personal Income Tax, which would run from January 1, 2020 to December 31.

Finally, the state granted a waiver on weekly tax payments by operators of betting and pool businesses from April 1 to June 30, 2020.

The Governor said that the state’s Tax Audit Reconciliation Committee (TARC) would run its operations through video conferencing to “continue ensuring ease of doing business while maintaining physical distancing.

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