Solving The Nigeria Populace Dietary Difficulties
Peakof Foods Nigeria Limited, an integrator, aggregator and processor of agricultural produce in conjunction with its partners, such as Fempanath Farms, is part of an integrated farm system with the sole aim of producing wholesome and hygienic farm produces and products for this ever-growing customers and population to meet up with their nutrition demands. We specialized in large scale Citrus, Cassava, Maize, Plantain, and Poultry farming. Due to our corporate and commercial mindset, we have moved from the hoes and cutlasses farming system to a mechanized, specialized agro- systems and large scale farming and agricultural equipment rental services.
We are of the view that eliminating hunger and malnutrition, and achieving wider global food security which are among the most inflexible hitches humanity face are of paramount importance. While many once-poor countries are now developing rapidly. The proportion of undernourished people in the world has fallen,
the pace of reduction has slowed but the absolute numbers remain stubbornly and unacceptably high.
Together with our production partner – Fempanath Nigeria Limited, owners of Fempanath Farms, we understand how food products are produced. We stand with the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products for the Citizenry. We know the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy while we provide career opportunities for new and existing farmers in the industry. We are also aware that improvement of Agriculture in the developing countries is one essential way to alleviating hunger.
However, the future of food then may appear rather bleak. But this does not have to be the case. Solving the food system inadequacies could become part of the solution for environmental challenges, if we make some changes to it and this is why at Peakof Foods, we have saddled ourselves with such responsibility to partner with the government to provide solutions to the falling proportion of the populace diet.
But this won’t happen without a radical rethink of our food systems and consumption patterns across the globe. Upwards of 75% of the global north’s population is urbanized and the global south is rapidly moving in this direction. The strategies we want to showcase is how the populace can be fed using more mechanized resources are crucial.
We do what we do best. In the citrus section of our farms, we at the moment have planted and established more than 3000 citrus trees. In the following seedling transplanting phases, we will expand the citrus plantation to about 10,000 trees. These are improved varieties which starts fruiting maturely at the third year compared to the older varieties that fruit between 7-9 years.
Our investment in drip tube irrigation system installations for the citrus orchard will enable all-year-round fruit production in our orchard by continuously supplying water throughout the year. This speaks volumes about our intention and readiness to meeting nutritional needs and solving the dietary hitches of the populace. Soybeans are intercropped within the citrus farm, so as to serve as a nitrogen fixation agent in the soil.
In our Maize plantation section, we plant throughout the year. We, in our first round in 2021, we planted 20 hectares of Maize and we are moving on to 24 hectares dedicated solely to maize production while at the same moment planning to expand our foot print to about 200 hectares sole maize plantation.
The solar power systems installed on our farm to electrify the farm water boreholes make water available through the dry season.
In our Cassava section, we are currently on an 18-hectare plantation and we intend to expand to another 120 hectares of sole cassava plantation in the coming year.
We believe a major cause of food crisis is the lack of “Food Accessibility” not the “Food Availability”. Improving economic, social and physical accessibility of food to the impecunious and deprived would therefore be a major challenge towards ensuring global food security in time to come. And this is not to undermine the importance of increasing food production which is so very essential to meeting the food requirement of the world’s ever-expanding population.