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Inventor & CEO of WATLY.co Marco Antonio Attisani explains the new WATLY 4.0 Thermodynamic Water Purification Plant to Dr Thaddaeus Thompson SWEERGLOBAL CEO. 

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The first quarter of 2018 saw developments in the areas of establishing SWEERGLOBAL's presence in Nigeria and the subsequent national media attention that the company received. SWEERGLOBAL reporters and investigation team visited the Delta Region of Nigeria and had meetings with Local Chiefs who offered landed property for the construction of the first Thermodynamic Water Purification Plant in Nigeria. The announcement of a water purification plant was welcome with an allocation of 6 plots of land allocated by the Yaya Family of Tungbo-Ebe for the first pilot project and hopes of employing 1000 Bayelsa over a period of 5 years. SWEERGLOBAL's presence has been welcomed by the Bayelsa State House in Abuja, Nigeria and an invitation to officially launch the project in Nigeria.

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Agriculturist Harps On Enlightenment For Small Scale Farmers

by Alabi June 30, 2022

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An Agronomist, Dr. Thaddaeus Thompson says NIgeria must focus on the enlightenment of small scale farmers before its agricultural sector can be viable.

Dr. Thompson made this known in an interview with Radio Nigeria on issues surrounding small scale farming and its development.

He stressed that the issues concerning small scale farming must be addressed for Nigeria to achieve recognition on the global agricultural scale.

The agricultural expert stated that farmers in the country can be extremely productive if risk management was applied to checkmate some of the factors and challenges facing the sector.

“Risk factors is meeting the small farmers and understanding why they have not improved. Some of the things we have found out in research conducted is that we need to educate the local farmers and bring them out of fear. A friend of mine into agricultural insurance said government had released 2 billion Dollars farmers loan, but they realized that most of the farmers did not show up for the loan” he stressed.

“these are some of the things, farmers must be educated on or the potential of Nigerian farmers will be impeded.”

He further stated that farmers should be given financial leverage “which refers to the use of borrowed funds.

Farmers do not go for these because they are afraid of the risk involved hence they need consultation to address the issues if they want to expand.

“If they want expansion they have to go for bigger loans which is not meant to produce the same quantity they are used to producing, this must be communicated to them.”

“The risk becomes very high for them but if they are allowed into certain areas of the supply chain that is how the cooperative sells, how the market moves, all this training is being given to them, it gives the farmers hope and reassurance that if they take investments and invest in their farms, they will make profit as expected.”

He advised the Nigerian government to minimize the risk in loans by educating farmers on borrowing processes adding that if they are better informed, their perceptions would be better.

He stated that farming should be made attractive for the younger generation.

“we have to bring technology into farming because we have noticed that the younger generation have not put in their interest into the sector.”

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By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja

As food prices remain on the high side across the country, an agribusiness firm, Sweer Global Farms, Monday, disclosed moves to crash prices of garri, plantain and yam with its harvest.

This was made known by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SWEER Global Farms, Dr Thaddaeus Thompson, while speaking on how high food prices could be addressed.

Thompson said the purchasing power of Nigerians for food items gives him concern, while he acknowledged the fact that the issue of high food prices remains a concern to stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

He also said there could be solution if all stakeholders and the government would collaborate to tackle the soaring prices of food, and added that young people can also come out en mass into the sector to enhance food production.

But stated that government should do all it can to stem the rising tide of insecurity that has scared many farmers from their farms.

He said: “As we talk now, SWEER Global Farms in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, is set to tackle this issue of high food prices, which have mad it difficult for people to buy staple foods like garri, plantain, rice, maize, and others.

“We are so concerned about the high prices of food in the country, even though we are into profit-making, we are Nigerians and have to do business with human face as well by being fair enough despite the harsh business environment coupled with the global effects of climate change, COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine War.

“But interestingly, we are going to harvest our cassava sitting on over 15 hectares, this month May, and also process it at our state of the art cassava processing factory located in Amassoma, and sell directly to Nigerians at affordable prices because we want to crash the high cost of garri.

“Our workers are currently working on our plantain plantation to harvest the plantains on several hectares of land we cultivated in 2021.

“The volume of plantain is going to be enormous because it is going to run into hundreds of dozens. The plan is to sell directly to Nigerians at affordable price.

“We also have hectares of land for yam, and soon we are going to harvest the yams and sell directly to the people at a reasonable price.”

According to him, the cassava, plantain and yam cultivated by the company are purely organic. He said the company decided to adopt organic farm as a result of unwholesome chemical process used by some farmers to produce food, which has led to health crisis in consumers.

“We believe in natural or organic process of producing food, and our cassava is purely without suing fertilizers or sprays to clear the weeds. The same applies to our plantain plantation and yam farm”, he said.

Meanwhile, he said the company is ready to collaborate with government in the area of food production, accessibility and affordability.

He added that they also off-take farm produce like cassava, garri, yam, rice, and others.

Speaking further, the SWEER Global boss assured support for women farmers in relevant areas of agribusiness to boost their productivity and profitability, while speaking on the important role women have played over the years in food production, because they have provide nations food and nutrition security.

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