Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock has contracted Nigerian company, Cellulant Nigeria, to undertake the process of establishing a market-based input distribution using it’s e-wallet technology. Cellulant’s E-wallet system for distributing fertilizers and seeds by cellphones, which worked so well in Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya and Togo, is expected to boost Afghanistan’s agricultural sector in general and self-sufficiency in wheat production in particular.
Speaking on the partnership with the Afghanistan government, the Co-founder of Cellulant Corporation, Mr. Bolaji Akinboro, stated that the technology, “is the gift of Cellulant to humanity.”
He said, ‘‘Afghanistan is beautiful to us, and we are glad to come all the way from Africa, Nigeria to make life better for the smallholder farmer in Afghanistan. This technology allows the best available seeds and fertilizer get into the hands of hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers to raise crop yields. Cellulant is driven to solve difficult problems on use of payment technology. We will work with the government of Afghanistan to get inputs to one million farmers in the next 90 to 120 days”.
Akinboro thanked the government and people of Afghanistan for giving the company the opportunity to participate in the Afghan economy, and contribute to making life better for smallholder farmers.
The e-wallet system was conceived in Nigeria. It was first implemented under the administration of the former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, who is now President of the Africa Development Bank.
The e-wallet technology has reportedly enabled Nigeria to increase its food production by an average of 21 million metric tonnes annually between 2012 and 2015. The deal with Afghanistan will mean that Cellulant Nigeria has expanded its reach to Asia, raising the profile and prospects of its e-wallet system.