The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has awarded AgroEknor the Best Youth Exporter of the Year.
Attah Anzaku, CEO of AgroEknor International Limited, accepted the award on behalf of the company during the annual NEPC gala in Lagos.
“This award recognizes AgroEknor’s commendable effort in transforming national food systems to increase export earnings while providing access to higher income and quality inputs to smallholder farmers in Nigeria,” Anzaku said.
According to Anzaku, AgroEknor was also recognized by NEPC for its contribution to the growth of the non-oil export sector and its consistency towards international trade while ensuring added value to agricultural commodities of domestic origin.
“We provide direct market access for agricultural products, which creates higher income opportunities for smallholder farmers, agro-processors, and also reduces food waste in the agriculture value chain,” he said.
In 2019, BusinessDay Nigeria also recognized and celebrated AgroEknor International Limited as one of the Top 100 SMEs in Nigeria.
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AgroEknor is a Nigeria-based food and agriculture company with a global network spanning the European, Asian, North American and South American markets.
Focused on backward integration and technology-driven value chain solutions, AgroEknor operates by sourcing, refining and exporting agricultural products to global customers through its investments and value chain solutions.
AgroEknor is an agricultural raw material exporting company that mainly focuses on the export of hibiscus.
It has invested in farmers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states in the form of inputs, while also acting as buyers once the crop has been harvested.
In addition, the company has its processing factory in Kano State, where it is empowering more than 100 women. These women are involved in the various segments along the commodity processing value chain.
With little or no education, these women clean, sift, sort, and hand-pick rocks, soil, and other foreign bodies from the flower to ensure standards are met.