• On-line Gross sales Is Greatest Choice—Daramola
• Farmers Should Have Designated Decide-up Level On The Farm—Adesola
• It’ll Scale back Human Site visitors In Markets—Oyekoya
With the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic, the nation is step by step heading in the direction of a lockdown, as markets, farmers’ marts and superstores are step by step closing operations.
Prospects’ schooling is excessive and they’re aware of well being, safety and security throughout this scary time, as increasingly more persons are working remotely, sheltering in place, and training social distancing.
As of Thursday, Lagos, Plateau, Imo, Ondo and Edo States have shutdown their markets, as a safety measure towards the unfold of the illness.Regardless of the confusion, farmers have a accountability to shift with these turbulent instances to maintain the purchasers fed and generate disposable revenue.
It’s nevertheless, sacrosanct that farmers should by all means keep secure whereas not dropping revenue, as the present well being disaster presents each challenges and alternatives to them.
Stakeholders within the agric sector and advertising specialists are advocating a shift to on-line gross sales, which seems to be the correct possibility, as increasingly more persons are working remotely and selecting to remain indoors.
The Guardian checks revealed that farmers and shoppers have been starting to embrace on-line transactions earlier than Covid-19 unfold into the nation, however now it’s turning into necessary to outlive at this attempting interval.
Founding father of Menitos Farm Depot, Toluwalope Daramola, who stated on-line gross sales are the perfect for a lot of Nigerians at this era, nevertheless, added that there’s want for the farmers to good their supply logistics, as it’s a key think about on-line gross sales.
Daramola stated: “Menitos has been doing it earlier than the arrival of Coronavirus, the patronage has been significantly better for the reason that land borders closure and since persons are really having to have a look at native options, on-line gross sales have been booming.
“However the stress now has made us enhance the variety of logistics companions now we have.”
To remain secure, Daramola suggested farmers to develop a mannequin that will preserve them and their prospects secure, including that there should be collaboration with farm shops to make sure farm produce preserve shifting from the farm to the shoppers with out publicity to contaminants.
“I see this as a chance to transform hitherto skeptics to followers of Nigerian produce. Collaboration is the important thing to success presently. From the pepper sellers and the rooster sellers, the fish sellers and snail sellers, it’s time to community and create indigenous options like Germany did throughout the conflict.”
In line with the Co-founder, Farmvilla Useful resource Centre, In the past Amodu, Saki East Native Authorities Space of Oyo State, Yinka Adesola: “On-line companies will create a greater ease of promoting and shopping for of products by farmers and their prospects. Nonetheless, the vast majority of the meals producers, the farmers, should not literate, therefore some nice disadvantages.
“Sure, there are a number of on-line platforms that supply farm items to prospects. However they don’t seem to be working in partnership with farmers as a result of they often act as middlemen whose curiosity is to cheat the farmers. For on-line platforms to operate properly, there should be a partnership in time period of sincerity of objective between the platform house owners and farmers.”
She suggested farmers to guard themselves from guests that come to buy meals on the farm by embracing spacing beneficial by well being professionals to remain secure.
“Farmers should have a delegated place on the farm for decide up by their prospects. They should have protecting gears like overalls, gloves, hand sanitizers and different security instruments on the entrance of the farm for guests earlier than they could possibly be allowed into the decide up level.
“Farmers ought to have the listing of their prospects or work with an inventory for direct communication and provide.”
To market their produce with out in-person contact like standard markets, Adesola suggested farmers to: “Acquire the weekly meals want of the purchasers, ship them payments of requested listing by WhatsApp or SMS, the client makes fee on-line, farmer packages and labels the meals in response to buyer’s demand and fee, the supply van/driver delivers at an organized vacation spot primarily based on settlement time for purchasers’ decide up.
“The method is repeated each week or twice per week. This has no want for farmers market. They solely want a decide up level at strategic place. Contemplating house supply shall be too cumbersome in our system although it may be thought-about for purchasers in the identical neighborhood.”
Prince Wale Oyekoya, agriculturalist and advisor, sees on-line advertising as the best choice at this era. “Sure, I can see on-line gross sales choosing up step by step in Nigeria now, and it’s lowering human visitors in markets. Some farmers are doing it earlier than COVID-19 and they’re doing properly on it. This era will make them to enhance on their on-line enterprise.
“Farmers can keep secure by training all of the beneficial security procedures by the World Well being Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Authorities, particularly within the space of social distancing and others, however an important factor is to remain on their farms and provide their items to the distributors or brokers on the farm gate, thereby lowering private contacts from prospects or get a transporter to be distributing for them.
“One other methodology that farmers can undertake at this era as a substitute of the standard farm markets is to undertake worth chains technique. With that technique, losses shall be decreased. I’ve at all times been an advocate of worth chain addition earlier than this dreaded illness broke out, nevertheless it has been very tough due to funds and enabling surroundings resulting from challenges like infrastructure equivalent to energy, good roads, safety and others.
“Lack of storage amenities shall be a hindrance to our survival throughout this vital time, as we produce to eat and never storing for arduous instances like this.”
One of many methods listed by an Ogun State-based farmer, Jelili Raheem, is the necessity for farmers to first constantly keep their presence on-line, which in response to him, would instantly construct discoverability for potential prospects as extra individuals flip to the net world to help themselves.
“Farmers ought to begin posting to native Fb teams to get their farms presence and merchandise on the market. There’s must get electronic mail advertising software program arrange. There’s must community with different native farmers instantly to get pleasure from referrals. Most significantly, have an internet purchasing expertise in your prospects. A web-based retailer is essential throughout this time. This doesn’t essentially imply it is advisable to ship merchandise; you possibly can fulfill orders by doing neighborhood drop-offs, house supply, or on-farm pickups.