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I used to work as a computer and networking technician but i quit to become a social entrepreneur to contribute solutions to economic and social problems in our society. Presently, i am helping farmers to combat issues of tomatoes Postharvest loss
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AbdulLateef Olaosebikan is the founder of NaFarm Foods (Natural Farm Foods), the enterprise is located in Kaduna state, Nigeria with the aim of helping farmers against postharvest loss. AbdulLateef is a graduate in Geography from University of Abuja, his passion for socio engineering drives him unapologetically towards solving economic or social challenges.
In 2013, AbdulLateef saw the magnitude of tomatoes waste in northern part of Nigeria as a result of glut because tomatoes is harvested in excess within short window of 3-4 months and there is no processing factory in the country to utilize this opportunity while about 0.7million tons of tomatoes are lost postharvest annually (according to Federal Ministry of Agriculture’s statistics) so he researched drying techniques as the best way to preserve the fruit, but because sun-drying takes about 1to2 weeks to dry effectively and the cost of purchasing a commercial dehydrator is very costly then he designed and fabricated low cost dryers that uses electricity, LPG (cooking gas) but the latest version he fabricated uses farm waste as source of fuel and has about 1ton capacity which dries tomatoes in less than 10hours, it is also mobile and works best even on farms
Through these innovations, he has acquired the Tony Elumelu Foundation 2016 entrepreneurship award and $5000 seed capital to grow his initiative, Africa Entrepreneurship Award, he is currently a LEAP Africa – Social Innovators Fellow and in the recently concluded ‘1st All African Postharvest Challenges’ that took place in Nairobi, Kenya he came 7th out of the top 10 innovators that made it. More so, Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture are currently providing technical support to enable the initiative grow and get access to farmers while he is also working towards partnering with the Ministry of agriculture in Kano, Jigawa and Katsina States since those are the most affected states in the region to work with farmers in mitigating the postharvest challenges and also train farmers (especially women and youth) in sustainable tomato production