INTAG completes first system in Nigeria
INTAG Systems (USA) and CBC Emea Ltd (Nigeria) have completed their first system together at the Governors Gifted Academy in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The INTAG Natural Nutrient System (INNS) uses tilapia waste as the nutrient source that feeds into four large media beds which are currently growing peppers, tomatoes, and herbs.
“We are thrilled to have completed the system and to see the first plants in the greenhouse that bring this project to fulfillment. It is critical that the younger generations remain connected to and capable of growing food to sustain the future needs of the community. This project will ensure not only that fresh crops are available here but it will also provide an opportunity to cultivate a larger group of workers with the skills necessary to manage such a facility” said Foluso Falaye, Managing Director and President of CBC Emea Group of Companies.
The collaboration between INTAG and CBC will enable Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education to meet its goals to increase Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) learning for students enrolled at the Governor’s Gifted School in Ekiti State. Students and faculty at the Academy will complete their system operator training using materials provided by INTAG and by interacting with INTAG staff via video chat.
“This new system and partnership is a huge achievement for INTAG,” said Paul Nickerson, VP of Applied Sciences for INTAG. “I think it really shows the universal value of our technology and that our global partners believe, as we do, that educating students on the fundamentals of farming combined with the latest and greatest technology will set us up for a bright future.”
The project marks a partnership that began in 2017 when representatives of the World Bank and the Ekiti State Government came to Harrisburg, PA on a trade mission to find technologies that could empower and enable the next generation of farmers. In addition to providing real-world training opportunities for students, this facility serves as a best-in-class model of sustainable farming practices that can be replicated across Ekiti State, Nigeria and West Africa as a whole.
Both INTAG and CBC Emea Ltd will now look for opportunities to replicate and scale these systems in other areas of Nigeria to advance STEM learning around Controlled Environment Agriculture.