Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has commended Farmforte, an agricultural organisation playing across the value chain, for the construction of its new ultra-modern outlet.
At the opening ceremony of the facility on Saturday in Lagos, the governor said he was impressed by the innovative use of materials in the construction and the plans to ensure minimal waste.
He noted that such projects are important, as they lay the foundation for creating new growth engines not just for the agricultural value chain but the entire economy.
Obaseki said, “My warmest congratulations to the entire Farmforte team. I am thoroughly impressed by how much attention has been paid to detail and the carefully thought out plans to source products from suppliers across the country.
I applaud all the hard work and dedication that has gone into making this project a reality and I urge you to keep up the good work.”
The General Manager, Freshforte, Sinan Soysal, noted that the building was made majorly out of containers. “The building was made out of 18 containers. Nigeria is the biggest country in the world with second-hand containers, so we are helping the environment by using these instead,” he said.
Soysal further noted that the store was the last link of the value chain where the food products are sold directly to the consumers, thereby bridging the gap and bringing the consumers closer to the farmers.
He also stated that Freshforte is more than a retail outlet, calling it a ‘retailtainment’ store, as it also has a lounge, coffee place and a supermarket.
The GM added that the company had generated 100 direct jobs and over 500 indirect jobs through farmers, suppliers and contractors.