The third day was another eventful one to look back at. It was the “Food Fair and Mini Pitch Day”. The event, which was listed as one of the highlights of the Hack Agric week saw several agro commodity vendors, agro entrepreneurs and Agric enthusiasts from around the country gather at the Civic Innovation Lab outdoor patio. Prior to the event, six innovators had registered to pitch their technology driven ideas and businesses. The best 3 ideas had $1000 shared amongst them. The pitch was organized in an informal setting where the winners were decided right there by the audience.
The winning idea was pitched by Mr Sogo Ajayeoba. He proposed an idea that aimed at delivering the local farmers from the middlemen who take a large chunk (about 80%) of the profit in that market chain. According to him, the farmers are disadvantaged due to lack of access to information and storage facilities. He proposed seven salient steps to solving this problem which in turn will enrich farmers and increase their farm yield. Other businesses pitched were in the area of goat rearing with its by-productsin their best quality and an online platform that connects fish farmers to their potential buyers.
Present at the event were Synergos officials, hackers and the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Kaduna State, Mr Yakubu Gorah.