A young farmer, Lawal Babatope Alex, has launched what he calls ‘FlexFarmer initiative’ in Ogun State, in line with the federal government’s plans to transform the country’s agricultural sector.
Speaking with newsmen recently, Lawal said FlexFarmer is an agricultural initiative set up by his company, Flextree Limited.
According to him, the initiative allows individuals who do not have prior knowledge of agriculture to invest in the sector. “It also gives the FlexFarmer a flexible approach to farming,” he added.
While there are two stages involved in the scheme (Pre-planting and planting operations as well as Post Planting operations),Lawal said company would provide free land for planting in addition to training the Flexfarmers in both practical and theoretical knowledge of activities they perform, give regular update and progress reports, harvest, store and market finished products.
Speaking further, Lawal said under the pre-planting and planting operations stage, his organization is poised to provide one acre of Farmlot to every Flexfarmer upon registration online. “All you will be required to pay for is service charges to cover basic services and utilities such as irrigation, security among others.”
“Upon becoming a FlexFarmer, you are given a tour of the land, each stage of the process you are invited to see the ongoing activity, regular reports are sent to show progress, and adjustment or decisions are done with your knowledge,”he added.
However, listing some of the benefits of becoming a Flexfarmer, Lawal said it’s a secondary form of income which has every capacity of surpassing your primary source of income. Also, “You need no prior knowledge of agriculture to participate fully in this scheme.”