While Nigeria struggles to ensure food security for its growing population, massive quantities of food are still being lost due to spoilage and infestations. One of the major ways of strengthening food security is by reducing these losses.
Group Head of Kads Fruits and Vegetables, Ken Ogiamien, has pointed out that post-harvest loss remains a major challenge to vegetable and fruit production in Nigeria and other issues affecting food sustainability.
Ogiamien: “Kads Fruits and Vegetables’ broad objective is to bridge the supply deficit of premium agri produce and products. Note the word premium. We want to show that with careful planning and astute management, Nigeria can be home to agricultural produce comparable to any globally in terms of quality. This is a key driver for us.”
“Nigeria’s business environment for the vegetable producer is currently witnessing a lot of activities, thanks in part to such organisations as National Agricultural Seed Council, NASC, but more importantly, the doggedness of the producers themselves. We face many of the same challenges businesses in Nigeria face. Funding, investment, staffing and infrastructure deficit. However, chief of these to us will be the high waste of produce when in season. This single activity has multiplier effects on the sector.”
“Because most products are seasonal and because we have a barely developed post-harvest industry, a large percentage of our harvest goes to waste. To remedy this, we need to invest urgently in what I call the agricultural upstream market through the creation of value-adding products and brands.”