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Convener, WEST AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS SHOW, MR IDOWU ASENUGA

Some Key WAAS REPORTS Farmers Should Know

Some Key WAAS REPORTS Farmers Should Know

1. Dr Humphrey Akanazu from Rome Business School. He spoke on some problems and solution of agribusiness in Nigeria. He explained the projection of Euromonitor on agribusiness in Nigeria that if we can work on these areas, processed food, packaging, logistics and distribution, social cultural crisis, credit facilities, and technical know-how. He spoke on the need for us to put more effort on processing of our farm produce. He spoke of how potatoes is becoming more expensive in Europe due to the fact the major producer of potatoes Poland is redirecting their economy to towards technology. They are currently researching into using yam as a substitute for potatoes. He said Rome business School works with strategies and templates solutions that can help owners of agribusiness improve their activities in the various sectors in agribusiness. He also spoke on the importance of building our local business because during any recession, the foreign companies will leave but it is the indigenous companies that will revamp the economy of the country from recession.

 

2. Mr Brian Chris, agricultural Assistant/Policy Officer from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Netherland Embassy, shared a thought provoking key address on Circular Agriculture. He said circular agriculture is not doing agriculture like the olden days but it is about finding balance between three critical pillars people, earth and money. That is farming in a way that brings balances between human, nature and profit. It is growing agribusiness in a way that secure the future of human and nature. Circular agriculture is also about reducing wastage in land, water and energy. It is about coexisting with nature.

 

3. The Panel discussion session was very engaging on the topic, Ensuring basic regulations and standards in guaranteeing food safety and functional commodity exchange in Nigeria. Addressing the issue of regulation and standards, Mrs Ngozi Ekweme, who represented Mr Osita Aboloma, DG Standards Organisation of Nigeria, said that standard in Nigeria is the same with the globally acceptable standards. There are standards for every farming process that leads to meeting globally acceptable standard. For instance, standard for tomatoes. There is code of practice that starts from the type of seed, the type of soil, what to harvest, how to harvest and method of transportation. If farmers adhere to this standards there is no way your food will not pass standards.

 

4. Mr Ayodeji Balogun, country manager, AFEX Nigeria talking on regulation, said you don’t regulate what you cannot supervise and you don’t supervise what you cannot regulate. For example in Nigeria, there is no grade of maize. Maize is maize regardless of the quality because there is no regulation.

 

5. Dr Gbolahan Ali, said there is a difference between product and commodity. A product becomes a commodity when it has pass standards or meet certain grade. In addressing a question asked by the audience on the issue of NAFDAC not being accessible and startup SMEs having problem with NAFDAC in getting certification which frustrated many to abandone the business. Dr Bukar Usman, the Director, Vetrianary Madicine and allied Product of NAFDAC. He said that NAFDAC has created a special section for startup SMEs that once you met the major hygiene standards, you can ahead with your business. Is not until you have so and so number of rooms before you can be starts business. On accessibility, NAFDAC now has Zonal Offices in the six geopolitical zones where you can get anything you need done unlike before that you have to get to Lagos.

 

6. In addressing another question on issue of delay by NAFDAC is passing a product due to various bottle neck procedures and lack of synergies between the various standard organisations. Mrs Ekweme, said that there is a bill that has been passed that allows you to be able to sue NAFDAC or SON if you are sure you have met all the required standards. Once you carry out your analysis in an accredited lab, you will not be required to do that again if you come to SON. Giving answer to the same issue, Dr Usman said there is preproduction advisory guidelines that someone starting a business can follow so that he will not finish constructing and NAFDAC will not say it didn’t pass standards.

WEST AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS SHOW took place in Lagos at The LANDMARK CENTRE. It is going to be an annual event. 

 

Reports By OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE

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MR IDOWU ASENUGA, CEO, AGRIC SUPPLIES LTD AND CONVENER, WAAS

Participants from 15 Countries To Be at WAAS 2020

 

 

Participants from 15 Countries To Be at WAAS 2020

By

Oladimeji Oguntoyinbo 

 

The West Africa Agribusiness Show WAAS held a press conference today where the convener of the show Mr Idowu Asenuga stated some back drop of the need for an indigenous show like the WAAS. He said there are no aggregate platforms to bring stakeholders together to discuss and share ideas. The available platforms are planned by foreigners like Agra Innovate by Informa from London.

The maiden edition of the West Africa Agribusiness Show (WAAS) is therefore a radical development as stakeholders will be connecting to share ideas, see and experience the latest in equipment and technical know-how as well as supplies and services deployed in the production and processing of agriculture-related products. They will also be sharing ideas on the best ways of solving Africa’s toughest challenges relating to food sufficiency and growth of agribusiness on the continent.

In answering some questions asked by the journalists present, he spoke of the safety of all the participants that the Nigerian Army Farms will be exhibiting at the event. In the light of this, there will be presence of military men to ensure the safety of everyone at the event. Mr Asenuga hinted that what makes the WAAS event different from others is that they are engaging every necessary stakeholders in the industry like the Nigeria Agribusiness Group, PAN, AfAN, RIFAN, BOI and many more, to change the pattern and status quo in the agricultural industry in Nigeria and west Africa as a whole. He said one of the reasons for the WAAS event is to look at ways to help the small and medium scale farmers. Like one of the companies that will be exhibiting at the show, is bringing new innovations of hand stamps and cheap packs that small scale farmers rearing like 250 layers can afford, to enable them brand their eggs too.

The event has also been subsidized by some of the sponsors of the show that medium scale farmer can get a space for as low as hundred thousand naira. He also spoke on how the youths are being carried along by the show. He stated that the major challenge the youth are having is knowledge. When you have knowledge, you can become more productive. This is why Lagos Business School, FUNAAB, Banks, Nirsal, Nafdac and Research institutions are coming to share different knowledge that will benefit the youths. There will be six panel sessions to share various knowledge and ideas. Agriculture needs to be more productive to attract the youths. He also spoke briefly on the sustainability of the show.

According to Mr Asenuga, the majority of WAAS team members are made up of young vibrant people. They are constantly undergoing training in the various areas handled by them. Some of the team members will also be going to London for training on how to manage this kind of event very well. In his closing remark, he said that the new experiences which participants will gain in the course of this show will equally lead to a major boost in the further creation and improved management of existing small, medium and large scale farming concerns in the different areas of agriculture like arable farming, poultry, snailery, piggery, aquaculture and others.He also said that farmers, product research organisations, agriculture equipment and product suppliers and buyers, agric innovators and other stakeholders and decision-makers in the industry are expected from 15 countries in the sub-region.

The countries include Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Niger, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Togo and Mali.  Nigeria is the host country for the event which is billed for Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Reported by

Oladimeji Oguntoyinbo

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PLAN TO ATTEND WAAS

52 Top Companies That Will Be Exhibiting @WAAS... & more are still coming in.

🏵52 Top Companies That Will Be Exhibiting @WAAS... & more are still coming in.

By

.Dr Joseph Deji-Folutile

S/N NAME OF COMPANY BOOTH NUMBER

1 BD AGRICULTURE LIMITED B4

2 ROME BUSINESS SCHOOL A4

3 PROFUNDIS FARMS LIMITED B11

4 TAMTEK A19

5 ADAMORE NIG LIMITED C8

6 QINHUANGDAO SANNONG B23

7 QINHUANGDAO BEIDOU B17

8 HEIBEI PINGLE A20

9 HEIBEI CHANKOO B21

10 ANHUI WENYAO B18

11 RAHUSA FOODS & SYSTEMS LIMITED C12

12 SALMET A15

13 PROVIDER FARMS B33

14 AMAZON FARM A13

15 NTEL C3

16 GRIFFIN AND STETTLER LIMITED B15

17 HYLINE INTERNATIONAL B3

18 CUMMINS B1

19 AWESOME GOD AGRO ALLIED B34

20 POULTEC A7

21 OVORIDER B2

22 LE-ROY A3

23 EUROPACK A5

24 NUOVO A6

25 LIVESTOCK FEED/GRAND CEREAL A17

26 ACCESS BANK A16

27 INTERSWITCH A18

28 ANIMAL CARE KONSULT B16/B27/B36

29 BIACOM AGRO NIG LIMITED B20

30 ELTEES FARMS C7

31 MC CABE B35

32 IMO HILL FARMS A1

33 CHIMERO AGRO B39

34 NAFARL B6

35 S ADISS AGRIC ENGR LTD B41

36 AND NUTRITION/GRAZAC INTERNATIONAL B28

37 YEMTAR C11

38 LAGOS BUSINESS SCHOOL C9

39 AMO BYNG B24/B19

40 AFEX NIGERIA B38

41 AGRONIGERIA A8

42 NAFDAC A11

43 SON A12

44 MONTECAPITAL B26

45 IITA C5

46 PAN/NPS B7

47 PREMIER BUSINESS ACADEMY B8

48 NEPC C6

49 NABG C4

50 IAMN A2

51 NACCIMA A14

52 GHANA INVESTMENT PROMOTION A22

 

🚩To secure space call 08074004555 & 09094757374 or visit www.waashow.org

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Dr Joseph Deji-Folutile 

Founder, WORLD FARMERS CENTRE 

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MR IDOWU ASENUGA, CEO, AGRIC SUPPLIES LTD AND THE HOST OF THE WEST AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS SHOW - WAAS

FARMING PERSONALITY INTERVIEW

FARMING PERSONALITY INTERVIEW

By DR. JOSEPH DEJI-FOLUTILE

 

MR IDOWU ASENUGA, CEO, AGRIC SUPPLIES LTD AND THE HOST OF WEST AFRICA AGRICBUSINESS SHOW (WAAS), SPOKE WITH DR JOSEPH DEJI-FOLUTILE OF FARMING ADVICE DIGEST FAD AND WORLD FARMERS CENTRE

 

DR FOLUTILE :PLEASE TELL US BRIEFLY ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR JOURNEY SO FAR IN THE NIGERIAN AGRIC INDUSTRY:

ASENUGA :My name is Idowu Asenuga. I am the Managing Director of Agri Supplies Limited. My journey in the Nigeria Agric Industry spans over 2 decades. It has been an interesting and educative journey. I have been opportune to execute several agricultural projects within and outside the country at various levels. I currently manage Agri Supplies Limited, an agribusiness company, which majors in the deployment of expertise that focuses on solutions, execution, monitoring, control, training and project development. We have outstanding skills in agriculture consultancy and project execution, having extensive experience in assisting farmers and investors of small to medium domestic farms and large multinational organizations to address local and global concerns to achieve set objectives. Over the years, Agri Supplies Limited has been focused on the availability of food by assisting small, medium and large-scale farmers with the best technology for their production activities. Following this passion to provide solution to food scarcity in African region especially in Nigeria, we recently collaborated with our partners to convene the West Africa Agribusiness Show, which is basically why we are having this interview today. It is an event of high impact, profile and quality for West Africa.

 

DR FOLUTILE :ON THE UPCOMING WEST AFRICA AGRIC SHOW WAAS, WHAT ARE YOU REALLY LOOKING UP TO ACHIEVE IN WEST AFRICA WITH THIS INITIATIVE?

ASENUGA:The aim of the West Africa Agribusiness Show is to accelerate food revolution in Africa. So, the starting point is for us to create the platform through which critical stakeholders in the industry both locally within the region and globally can converge to share ideas, engage and interface on innovations, know-hows which will ultimately enhance food productivity and quality levels across the region.

 

DR FOLUTILE :COULD YOU PLEASE ENUMERATE WHAT IS IN STORE FOR THE PARTICIPANTS AT THE EVENT?

ASENUGA: Basically, the fundamental thing this platform (WAAS) stands to provide for participants is the exchange of know-how. This is because at the event we will be having people coming from across the globe who are knowledgeable in the deployment of technology required for enhanced food production and processing. So, what we are saying is that, let's create this platform where local, regional and international players can interact to ensure that Western knowledge and regional know-how can be localized to solve the West Africa agribusiness challenges.

 

DR FOLUTILE :HOW MANY VISITORS ARE YOU EXPECTING AT THE EVENT AND WHAT WILL THE EXHIBITORS BENEFIT BY PARTICIPATING?

ASENUGA: Generally, the participants for WAAS will include small, medium and large scale farmers, research organisations, government parastatals, financial institutions, students of agricultural institutions, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, industry leaders, consumers, buyers, agrinnovators and decision-makers in the industry. We expect over 10,000 attendees at the Event from February 18th to 20th, 2020 at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. We enjoin interested participants to visit our website www.waashow.org to register.

Registration is free. Also, for partnership, exhibition, sponsorship and advert placement, kindly call 08074004555; email- info@waashow.org or visit www.waashow.org

Interview by 

Dr Joseph Deji-Folutile 

Publisher, Farming Advice Digest FAD 📕 

Founder, WORLD FARMERS CENTRE 

 

Mr. Francis Toromade, Director General, Premier Agribusiness Academy

Premier Agribusiness Academy Launches Various Courses for Farmers at all levels

Premier Agribusiness Academy Launches Various Courses for Farmers at all levels

Reported By

Oladimeji Oguntoyinbo

Premier Agribusiness Academy launches various courses for farmers at all levels to bridge the knowledge gap in the industry and equip both intending farmers and farmers alike with skills that will help them perform better across the value chain in the agribusiness.

The Director General of Premier Agribusiness Academy, Mr Toromade Francis who has 32years of experience in agribusiness that cut across sales and marketing, production, procurement and logistic. He said the vision of the academy is to be one of the world’s leading centre of learning, developing and transfering well researched and innovative competences required sustainable investments in non-allied industries of the agric-sector. And the mission is to facilitate human capital development in response to growing needs in the global agri-sector.

Mr Toromade commended the effort of the Federal Government for embracing, encouraging and supporting agriculture in Nigeria. Because any nation that cannot feed herself is not worthy to be called a nation. Everything that surround human is from agriculture so a nation that does not embrace agriculture is not a nation. He further explained that, ordinary agriculture is the production of livestock and crop which cannot take us anywhere. So we need business management sense which is why we have agribusiness. Agribusiness includes marketing management, human resource management, financial resource management and material resource management. All these can only be found in agribusiness which is the gap Premier Agribusiness Academy wants to bridge. He said the Academy will be offering short executive courses in Agribusiness Startup Entrepreneurship like sales and marketing management, digital marketing, Human capital development and customer service.

“The fact that you are a graduate of agriculture does not mean you know about marketing, customer services, logistics or digital marketing in agriculture. For those who don’t know about agriculture who are passionate about it and want to go into it, we have Technical courses on poultry management and aquaculture management which will involve practical hands on farm training. The academy is also going to be carrying out consultancy services in areas such as Research and Development, Feasibility study, Farm layout, Farm sitIng advice, Farm management turn around turnkey projects and Laboratory support.”

The academy is also open to partnership with various organization along the various part of the agricultural value chain with both local and international organisations, research organization in different areas in the agricultural value chain.

Premier Agribusiness Academy is having a One-day Executive Education Course for CEOs, MDs, CFOs, COOs, Business Owners and Managers with the topic: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills for Decision Making on the 5th October at Sheraton Hotels and Suite, Ikeja, Lagos.

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Oladimeji Oguntoyinbo 

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WORLD FARMERS CENTRE 

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Participants at the SEPTEMBER POULTRY FARMING BUSINESS SEMINAR

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE HELD SEPTEMBER POULTRY FARMING BUSINESS SEMINAR

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE Farm and Grow Rich Poultry Farming Business Seminar held recently at the World Farmers Centre office at Egbeda, Lagos.

The seminar participants were made to understand the importance of partnering with experts in various areas of their poultry farming business. Areas such as health, nutrition, engineering, e.t.c so as to grow the business into a successful venture.

The participants were also taught some basic accounting and record keeping concept to help farmers to be able to manage past, present and future productivity and profitability of the poultry farming business.

One of the seminar participant has this to say, “Infact, this seminar is the second seminar i will be attending since I started the farming business and this particular one is unique in the sense that it has enlightened me more on marketing strategies, biosecurity and farm development. I say a big thank you and will put to best use what I have learnt." Kayode Nelson, CEO, Nelson Global Resources. Badagry.

To take advantage of the one coming up in OCTOBER 2019 simply send OCTOBER POULTRY with your name and email address to 07082418202 by WhatsApp.

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