StartZone (a leading Innovation Hub focused on solving Africa’s biggest challenges by supporting the digital ecosystem of — Start-ups, Investors, Corporations, Mentors, and Social Enterprises) held a summit on the role and future of agricultural technology in Nigeria.

The event had over 350 delegates comprising of key stakeholders in the Agric sector i.e. government parastatals, banks, associations, Agric businesses farmers, top IT companies etc. The event was held at the main conference hall of the Zone centre at Gbagada in Lagos

The keynote speech was delivered by Mr Ayodele Aderinwale, who represented the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. In his address, he pointed out the gaps in agricultural technology practice and gave suggestions on how to solve them. He also noted that farmers needed to start seeing farming as the business it is. Mr Aderinwale advocated for more youth participation in agribusiness and highlighted the value of the development of agriculture to the nation.

Also in attendance were the SME unit of Stanbic bank and the Agric Unit of First Bank, who educated delegates on how to access funding for agricultural ventures, in addition to financial advisory and investment opportunities in the sector. Next, was a presentation from a representative of SAP on the use of mobile/cloud technologies to assist farmers in managing their farms.

Furthermore, the Commissioner of Agriculture in Ogun state, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo enlightened delegates on government policies and interventions that have been put in place to assist farmers in making most of their agricultural ventures.

The honourable commissioner’s speech was followed by discussions of a panel of founders who have successfully built agricultural businesses using technology. The panel was graced by World Bank Consultant, Toks Fayemi, Seyi Abolaji of Wilsons Juice, Chike Nwagwu of Novus Agro, and Albert Inyang of Bertola.

StartZone had earlier hosted many conferences during the year, one of which was when She played host to the largest gathering of developers in Nigeria – the Google Developer Group conference.