The Greenseeder planter helps farmers to plant a single seed per hole as against the practice of planting 2-4 seeds thereby saving about 50% in cost of seedlings. It is further valuable as a side dress mid-season fertilizer applicator, via the simple replacement of an internal drum. The drum is the canister which holds the seed during planting.

In 2015, the company started working with rural farmers to help provide them with innovative and affordable tools that make them more effective, increase their productivity and also improve their health and livelihood. Our research has shown that rural farmers require a better device for planting the 82,000,000 hectares of cereal crops (Maize, Soybeans, Sorghum, Groundnut, Rice, etc) in Nigeria that are produced on highly marginal landscapes where everything is accomplished by hand.

During the Mandela Washington Fellowship of the CEO of the company- Usman Lawan- at the Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, he discovered that OSU had developed a simple mechanical hand planter that is capable of singulating cereal seed with a potential worldwide impact that could approach $2 billion/year. However, the Greenseeder planter cost about $150 in the USA which is not affordable to rural farmers in Nigeria.

From this insight and upon return to Nigeria, with the support of Dr. Bill Raun and his team at OSU, we have successfully replicated the Greenseeder planter using locally available materials at an estimated cost of $22 each. This is designed to be affordable to rural farmers. We are constantly working to the cost of production, making the planter more affordable to rural farmers.

IMPACT OF THE INNOVATION

The hand planter is similar in shape, size and weight to the tools currently used by rural farmers, but that can reliably singulate seeds, to plant different cereal grains in various soil texture, moisture and tillage system. This planter removes chemically treated seeds from the hands of rural farmers thereby reducing seed-chemical-exposure and associated health risks.

The planter also reduce back injury/pain most rural farmers suffer from due to years of bending and standing to plant several hectares of farm land. The planter also result in improved plant spacing which in turn delivers decreased soil erosion and increased yield. It also helps the farmer to cover more farm area in less period of time compared to conventional methods used in Nigeria.