If you are a farming cooperative, the Aku-Ubi Cooperative Union family would love to have you join us under our Umbrella! If you are an individual farmer but presently not a member of any cooperative, you can join our Aku-Ubi Coop directly!
An initial program that ACIF started with in Nigeria was called Winning with Agricultural Research and Extension. Balancing the supply chain was a key strategy for this effort. One of the major needs was to build the strength of the small farmer part of that chain. Aku-Ubi was created to deliver this. Aku-Ubi is Igbo for the “Palace of the Farm.”
Aku-Ubi has offices in the Cooprestive Union Building located on Imo State Polytechnic property. ACIF worked with Imo State to modify its charter to accommodate supporting farming coops; thus making room for project work to support Aku-Ubi. It has sponsored several State wide training programs for the farmers and built relationships with suppliers. Our Managing Director is Oke Awogu, the largest pineapple farmer in Nigeria. Henrietta Nzurumike, the ADP Assistant Technical Officer and Director for Extension Services with the Imo State Ag Dept is also helping lead smaller cooperatives to join our master Coop. She is pictured in the photo.
The future is bright for Aku -Ubi! It not only is growing in terms of membership across Imo State, but has created an excellent link for future export of products made by Coop members with the Nigerian Export Council. The current Managing Director, Oke Awogu has been a support for ACIF for more than ten years and is highly respected among the young farmers in the State.
Aku-Ubi, located in IMO State has significant advantages producing Cashew, Palm oil, Fresh Pineapple fruits and Cassava. Nigeria is among global leaders for pineapple. Currently 100% is consumed locally with 30% going to waste, due to limited processing equipment availability and lack of an export market.
Aku-ubi Coop. is embarking on an aggressive campaign pursuing willing investors to advance processing capability, building interest among farmers via workshops, and making on-site visits to interested farmers/small coops. A Farmer/Crop Database has been created.
If you are a farming cooperative, we’d love to have your coop join us under the Aku-Ubi Umbrella! If you are an individual farmer but not a member of any cooperative, you can join Our Aku-Ubi Coop directly
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