NextGen Farms Ltd is a sustainable agribusiness that cultivates, distributes and sells fresh produce and herbs in Lagos, Nigeria.
Over the past 9 years we’ve grown over 50 tons of fruits and vegetables on our small farm on the outskirts of Lagos. We started out blogging about farming before we started tilling the land, we set out to tell a compelling story that will convince everyone who cared to listen that the agriculture industry is not only changing but is a key driver to the development of Africa. Along the way we have learnt a lot of lessons, we have had many highs and learnt from our lows as well. In the last 4 years, we have transitioned from being a conventional farm to practicing organic and regenerative agriculture.
We have taken these lessons and trained over a hundred secondary school students on the practice and business of agriculture, some of whom have gone on to study agriculture at the university level and some have also started their own gardens and farms. We have trained over a thousand farmers across Lagos on how to keep farm records and have participated in different workshops training aspiring farmers.
During the pandemic we launched our edible garden in the heart of Lagos due to the high customer demand for herbs. We have surpassed our expectations and raised over 10,000 seedlings on a tiny plot of land and given our clients access to live saving herbs.
We are working on maximising our reliance on natural, renewable and farm inputs. Through enhanced management our goal is to develop efficient, biological systems which do not need high levels of in-organic inputs, this in turn helps us significantly reduce greenhouse emission. Our approach to sustainability is one that is least toxic and least energy intensive and yet maintains productivity and profitability.
We have come to realise that diversified farms are usually more economically and ecologically resilient. We grow a wide variety of crops to bring diversity to our farms. As well as growing high-value exotic crops we grow a significant amount of indigenous crops and various tree crops such as mango, pawpaw and avocado.
Our experience has taught us that fertile soil is the foundation of sustainable agriculture. Our farming practices ensure our soil remains fertile and resilient to the impact of climate change.
Over 90% of our crops are irrigated through drip systems. Studies have shown, that drip irrigation reduces water use by 30% to 70% and raises crop yield by 20% to 90%. We are also improving our water use efficiency by implementing proper irrigation scheduling according to the actual needs of the plants.
All are fresh produce and seedlings are organically and responsibly grown. Buying from us means you are supporting sustainable farming.
See us at work in our green house, check out scenes from the farm and follow us as we empower the next generation of farmers.