Agribusiness Roundtable Now to Hold in November

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Agribusiness Roundtable Now to Hold in November

The 2021 agribusiness roundtable earlier scheduled to hold from Monday 11th to Wednesday, October 13th 2021 has been rescheduled for Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd of October, the South South Coordinator of the Nigeria Agribusiness and Agro-Industry Development Initiative (NAADI), Mr. Howard Usen has informed.

According to the Coordinator, the postponement which was due to events beyond the control of NAADI will still hold at the Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resorts, Uyo.

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Briefing newsmen in his office over the weekend, Mr. Usen regretted the inconveniences caused the attendees and assured that the shift would enable them enhance preparations for the International event.

He explained that the conference, themed: “Unveiling New Opportunities, New Possibilities” is aimed at bringing stakeholders in Agribusiness all over the world to develop a blue print on how to harness the potentials inherent in agriculture rather than focusing all energy on oil and gas.

“At the end of the conference, we will be able to bridge the gap which has existed due to overdependence on oil and gas”, he said.

An interesting feature of the conference according to Mr. Usen will be the launching of the 5.5 Billion Naira Agricultural Training Innovation Centre, Exhibition of agricultural produces by farmers and presentation of Awards to deserving recipients.

The NAADI Coordinator, who scored the Akwa Ibom State Governor high on agriculture, observed that Governor Emmanuel’s investment in agriculture may not really pay-off toady but will sprout for future generations’ benefit. He therefore justified the need for the Agricultural Training and Innovation centre, saying it will help the State harness the benefits of what the Governor is doing today.

“The red oil we produce in the state is produced in Uloji, Abia State and most of the cocoa harvested here is processed at Ikom and Ondo State; which means that it is not really showing that we have capacities. Until we begin to show that we have capacities in this area by processing some of the things we produce here, we are not actually showcasing what we have to the world”, he expressed.

“To develop the people, you must build enduring systems that would outlive your tenure. That is the essence of what we intend to do. The Agribusiness roundtable will build the Agricultural training and innovation centre. Some of the things we produce locally can be packaged locally and exported directly from here. Because you can’t export your product if you cannot state the contents. This will transform what the Governor is doing”, Mr. Usen added.

At the event, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Development, Amb. Maryam Katagum will be given the Agribusiness Development and Enterprise Award alongside former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Founder, Operation Feed the Nation; President of African Development Bank, Mr. Akinwunmi Adesina, Governor Udom Emmanuel and others who have made significant contributions to the development of Agriculture in Nigeria,

Expected at the event are the six governors of the south-south States of Nigeria; Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and his Zamfara State counterpart, Gov. Bello Matawalle, the Uyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and stakeholders in the agribusiness sector.

NAADI was developed in 2010 as a framework by UNIDO, under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) as a way out of the issues plaguing Africa in terms of adding value to what they produce. It focuses on transforming the traditional way of doing agriculture and encourages a business approach to it; reduce post harvest losses and increase the exploration of value chain in all the products which have competitive advantage in Nigeria.