Friday, 4 August 2017

Afghanistan Agricultural Sector Receives Boost with Messer Cellulant eWallet System

The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation & Livestock in Afghanistan has engaged Messer Cellulant Nigeria to commence the process of establishing a market-based input distribution technology. The aim of this collaborative effort is to bolster Afghanistan’s drive for self-sufficiency in wheat production.
L-R Mr. Assadullah Zameer, Minister for Agriculture Irrigation & Livestock in Afghanistan and Mr. Bolaji Akinboro Co- founder of Cellulant Corporation
Cellulant, the World Acclaimed eWallet system’s partnership will help boost Afghanistan’s Agriculture sector. Afghanistan is the first country in Asia to adopt this eWallet System.


Commenting on the partnership with the Afghanistan government, the Co- founder of Cellulant Corporation, Mr. Bolaji Akinboro stated that the technology whose origin is Nigeria is the gift of Cellulant to humanity. ‘‘Afghanistan is beautiful to us, we are glad to come all the way from Africa-Nigeria to make life better for the small holder farmer in Afghanistan’’.

The Agrikore technology gives small holder farmers access to agricultural inputs of improved varieties/breeds, fertilizer, and agro-chemicals, making it the backbone of increased productivity and profitability of value-added chains. This technology allows the best available seeds and fertilizer get into the hands of hundreds of thousands of small holder farmers to raise crop yields.

The eWallet System also known as AgriKore is a seamless technology that connects everyone to everything in Agriculture every day, everywhere, all the time. This technology enabled Nigeria to increase its food production by an average of 21 million Metric tonnes annually from 2012 – 2015; a period of falling food prices and abundance food availability. Out of Nigeria Cellulant has exported this technology to other African countries in francophone and Anglophone Africa such as Liberia, Togo Uganda etc.

Mr. Akinboro appreciated the Government and people of Afghanistan for giving Cellulant the opportunity and the space to participate in making life better for small holder farmers. He said that ‘‘Cellulant is driven to solve the most difficult problem on earth using our payment technology. We will work with the Government of Afghanistan to get inputs to 1 million farmers in the next 90-120 days’’. This e-wallet system provides a holistic system to link the farmers to agricultural inputs supply chain, finance and markets through integration with mobile network operators, input markets, extensions services, financial service providers, commodity market, and insurance service providers.

The e-Wallet system was conceived in Nigeria, by Dr, Akinwumi Adesina the President of AfDB & Former Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria; and developed &implemented by Messers Cellullant Nigeria Limited. So far, Messer’s eWallet or AgriKore ecosystem has benefited 17 million farmers, 2500 Agri-business, 800 e-extension workers and over 2,500 service points in Nigeria. This technology enables more than 5 million farmers to get access to high quality inputs every year.

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