Delfarm Projects Limited is the operator of the Delfarm-Anambra-Songhai projects valued at an initial $50 million agreement with Anambra state. Delfarm Projects Ltd and Songhai Regional Centre, Bénin are to transform the farm settlements of Igbariam (which provided 338 hectares) and Ebenebe (providing the remaining of the 1000 hectares). The Delfarm-Anambra-Songhai Project is a unique integrated development framework that combines agriculture, technology, industry and services.
A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed months earlier by the representatives of Anambra State (Governor Willie Obiano), Delfarm Projects Limited (Professor Emmanuel Egbogah) and Songhai Centre (Dr. Godfrey Nzamujo). The major objective of the project is to establish, manage and maintain four (4) specialized farms across the State’s three (3) senatorial zones. The project at its full scale is estimated to cost $1.4bn (One billion, four hundred million US dollars), will see the host communities, the land owners, getting an equity share of 5% of the total cost of investment
The Delfarm-Anambra-Songhai Project had commenced on 398 hectares of land and presently offers Training & Empowerment Centers to focus on Poultry, Animal Husbandry, Fishery, Cassava, Rice, etc.; and is producing various types of vegetables including: cucumber; carrots; lettuce (green and pink varieties); tomatoes; peppers and okra of different varieties; onions; Ugu leaves and Sorghum.
Delfarm’s afforestation project (which is also a part of the agreement) involves the replacement of felled palm trees with Teak Wood Trees, Acacia Trees, Pawpaw Trees, Mango Trees, as well as new Palm Trees. The modern techniques being deployed by Delfarm are expected to produce trees and crops which grow in record times, and the highest possible yields, at the same time, without using chemical fertilizers.
Songhaï Center Bénin, is an NGO empowering rural African communities, particularly farmers, youth, and women, by building their capacities to become agricultural, agribusiness, and handicraft entrepreneurs. Founded in 1985 by a Nigerian priest, Father Godfrey Nzamujo, it involves organic and sustainable production, training and research centers, and the development of innovative techniques and thinking in agriculture and handicrafts, using local human and natural resources and a holistic approach. The organization has grown from 1 to 6 centers across Benin and 11 in Nigeria. It is working with the Beninese government to open 7 additional centers, and with the UN to replicate its model in other African countries.
Today, Songhaï Center is 30 years old and works on over 550 hectares of land and 46 hectares of water, has approximately 1500 employees, 500 trainees and interns at any time of the year, 20,000 visitors per year, and has created a network of 250 farms delivering technical support and sharing experiences.
Delfarm Projects Limited, Nigeria is an innovator company of a unique system of community development that integrates technology in an industrial park setting where ideas are turned into enterprise with training and human resource development in a sustainable Agro Technological Industrial Environment.