Activities, Agri-business, Animal Production, Blog, Farming, Fisheries, Programs

UTM Extension service Delivery (UXD)

Despite the common belief that Nigeria is not ready for privatized extension services due to the public goods nature of such services provided to date and the limited means of smallholder farmers, a number of development initiatives are paving the way for privatized extension.

Our approach also analyses the frameworks and models – farmers’ associations, out growers’ schemes, commodity alliance models, business partnership model and public–private partnerships– which power these initiatives. We analyze how the experiences of these frameworks and models could be harnessed to improve extension service delivery. We also highlight the role of non-governmental organizations. A case is made for more professionalism in extension work, deepening and broadening extension activities to include post-harvest handling, marketing and policy advocacy. This business analysis concludes that with proper calculation and appropriate policy support, the privatization of extension service delivery in Nigeria could be very effective and profitable to all stakeholders.

Activities, Agri-business, Blog, Farming, Programs

Human Resource Development, Training and Consultancy

The UTM aims to foster local human resources by improving the skills and expanding the influence of agricultural manpower. The UTM collaborates with both national and international certifying agencies provide modern extension workers with strong theoretical knowledge and meaningful hands-on experience to address pressing needs of farmers through a co-coordinating an ‘Integrated Knowledge System’ that links farmers to extension agents through SMS, calls and research farm visits. This approach increases the response rate in addressing farmer needs, sharing innovations and business opportunities along the value chains and combating diseases outbreaks.

 

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Public Private Partnership and Market Access

The Universal Treasures Mines (UTM) programs assists farmers who are unable to access agricultural inputs according to the limited resources small-scale farmers possess and helps small-scale producers by organizing farmers associations to bundle the products of multiple farms together for sale to high-volume buyers through collective marketing. This goal involves a multifaceted approach to marketing and branding for producers to increase profits and boost productivity of farmers.

Activities, Agri-business, Programs

Post-Harvest and Agro-Processing Efforts

 

In order to decrease post-harvest losses, the Universal Treasures Mines (UTM) promotes mechanized processing and improved storage

techniques and technologies. The goal is to produce processed goods of sufficient quality to market. We liaise with Equipment manufacturing companies to produce low cost-machinery that are modeled according to farmers’ specifications and tropical environmental conditions. The farmers will also receive adequate trainings on proper use and maintenance of these technologies.

 

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Crop And Animal Productivity Enhancement

 

In order to improve productivity and increase yields, the Universal Treasures Mines (UTM) makes use of research demonstration plots to share cultivation skills and latest agricultural technologies, improved animal husbandry & breeding techniques, including enhanced seeds or breeds and organic fertilizer, hydroponics etc. through collaboration with National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) like research institutes, agro-companies, faculties and universities of agriculture, colleges and polytechnics of agriculture.