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VCN & NVMA Pledged to Support Govt. against COVID–19

🌸VCN & NVMA Pledged to Support Govt. against COVID – 19

🛑The Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) and the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) pledged to support government in combating the dreaded Coronavirus.

🛑This was made know in a joint statement issued and signed by the President of VCN, CP Aishatu Abubakar Baju and Professor Bello Agaie, President NVMA.

The two bodies lauded the efforts of the government so far in managing the spread of the virus.

🛑In their statements: “The Veterinary community in Nigeria has noted with concern the ravaging effects of COVID-19 globally and particularly in our country, Nigeria and wish to commend the efforts so far put in place by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task-Force on COVID-19 Pandemic, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other relevant stake-holders. “Veterinary regulation and inspection service continues by overseeing the integration of public health, ensuring that only healthy animals and their by-products enter food supply chain to guarantee food safety for the population. They are prepared to attend to emergency situation in support of public health. They undertake preventive measures such as vaccination against diseases with significant Veterinary and Public health or economic impact. They will prioritize research activities to help contain emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases”. They said

🛑Veterinarians across the country are available to support global efforts in order to curtail spread of the virus by educating their clients and the general public on the preventive measures to control the virus. Considering the zoonotic potential of COVID-19.🌸

 

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What Animal Care Did To Lessen The Pains Of Coronavirus Pandemic

🛑What Animal Care Did To Lessen The Pains Of Coronavirus Pandemic

 

 

📣In a bid to support the government in the provision of palliative measure for Nigerian, Animal Care Services Konsult, has donated 2,000 dressed chickens, 20,000 eggs and 1,700 packs of Funtuna bottle water to the governments of Ogun and Lagos states. 250 chickens, 80 cartons of eggs as well as 250 packs of 60cl Funtuna bottle water were also given to Ogere and Iperu communities in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State.

🛑During the presentation of the food items by three Executive Directors of the company, Dr Ope Agbato, Mrs Tolu Olumide and Mr Adewale Adeniyi, said the products were donated to assist the governments of two states to serve as palliative support to the needy and those in the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

🛑Mrs Olumide, while presenting the items to the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal, said the company is aware of the hardship caused by the virus on both the health and the socioeconomic wellbeing of people.

🛑Lawal, while receiving the donated items on behalf of the state government appreciated Animal care for the donation, assured the company that the state would distribute the items to the needy and vulnerable in the state.

🛑Senior Special Assistant on Health, Dr Kehinde Ololade, while receiving similar items on behalf the Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State in Sagamu, appreciated Animal Care and Funtuna Ventures, that the governor was very proud of them.

🛑The Alaperu of Iperu, Oba Adeleke Basibo-Idowu, who received the food items for Iperu, expressed gratitude to Dr Tunde Agbato the president of Animal Care, that he was not surprised as he had been one of the greatest contributors to the development and growth of the town.

🛑The representatives of Ogere Community Development Council (OCDC), and the youth representatives thanked Dr Agbato and Animal Care for the kind gestures to the underprivileged and the community in general.

 

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COVID – 19: PANOG Donates Crates of eggs to Ogun State Govt

🛑COVID – 19: PANOG Donates Crates of eggs to Ogun State Govt.

The Poultry Association of Nigeria Ogun State Chapter PANOG has donated 1600 crates of egg to the state government.

This donation was made so that the eggs can be distributed to the people in the state to serve as a palliative measure towards the COVID- 19 lockdown.

The COVID – 19 lockdown which should have started in the state on Monday after The Federal Government gave the directive for total lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT.

However, the COVID – 19 lockdown started yesterday Friday in the state after the state governor Dr Dapo Abiodun pleaded with the federal government to give the state till Friday so that the people can adequately prepare for the lockdown.

The donation was made by the PANOG Chairperson and some of the executives at the governor’s office in Okemosan and was received on behalf of the state Governor by the Deputy State Governor Engr Noimot Salako Oyedele.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, through the PANOG Chairperson, Mrs Alawode appreciated the kind gesture of the association towards the COVID – 19 lockdown period in the state. He said that the state is considering the printing of tags for PANOG financial members to allow them to still carry out some important food supply in the state during the period of the COVID – 19 lockdown.

 

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Why 14 Tomato & Pepper Farmers Are Celebrating

Why 14 Tomato & Pepper Farmers Are Celebrating

 

Osun State Government Give N2.2m Loan to Tomato and Pepper Farmers Some members of the Tomato and Pepper Growers in Osun State have been empowered with a total of N2.2 million for the production of the two essential crop in the state.

The funds was given by the government to 14 farmers, through the Osun Micro Credit Agency, to support food security in the state. The Manager of the agency, Prince Dayo Babaranti who gave out the cheque on behalf of the State Governor Gboyega Oyetola, said the gesture is targeted to empower the youths and make them self-reliant and reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

He further stated that as much as 26,000 people have benefited so far from the loans, having inspected their farmlands and certified their impressive performances in tomato production.

The initiative, which He revealed that the initiative is in three phases and other farmers in the various agricultural value chains will also benefit from it, as millions has been set aside for the course. He charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money and ensure its repayment on or before the stipulated time.

Mr. Lawal Omotunde, a beneficiaries of the initiative and also the Chairman, Tomato and Pepper Growers Association of Nigeria, Osun State chapter, expressed their appreciation to the state government for the intervention, to boost the state economy through agriculture.

The chairman lamented on the difficulty of getting finance for their businesses, that with this initiative, their agribusinesses would be better profitable and would have a Positive and significant results on their businesses.

 

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AGRIC : WHY SENATE PRESIDENT IS DISAPPOINTED

🛑AGRIC : WHY SENATE PRESIDENT IS DISAPPOINTED

Senate President Disappointed Over Poor Agricultural Research and Technology The Senate

President, Ahmad Lawan, showed disappointment in the agricultural researchers in Nigeria over the underperformance of the sector with the country’s struggle with food insecurity.

Lawan made this observation during a plenary session while considering the Bill for an Act to Amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria at National Assembly in Abuja. Senator, Abdullahi Adamu, representing Nasarawa West sponsored the Bill to improve the agricultural research in the country.

Lawan decried the poor use of technology among Nigerian farmers. He stated that the country should be able to boast of at least some local technologies to aid food production, with the 23 specialised agricultural research institutes in the country.

The senate president further stated that, “It is a very bad commentary that our farmers have to still dry tomatoes and peppers, which is open sort of drying on the road sides. We should at least have very simple technology that can help our people. We don’t have to go for something very big that our farmers can use to enhance their performance.”

The senator said that Nigeria only budgeted N183.08 billion for agriculture this year, which is just 1.73% of the total annual budget of over 10 trillion. He reinstated the need to allocate more fund to the agricultural sector especially those institutions that will provide researches and technologies that will improve our performance as a country.

Senator Adamu said that the proposed legislation would provide a comprehensive guide for National Agricultural Research Programmes and Project Management.

He further pointed out the significance of the agricultural sector considering the critical roles it play in Nigeria’s economy: contributing about 21% to Nigeria’s total Gross Domestic Product and a significant portion of Nigeria’s labour force.

 

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NEPC wants Cassava By-products Export as CBN promises finance

NEPC wants Cassava By-products Export as CBN promises finance

Mr Segun Awolowo of The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has emphasized the need for more export of cassava by-products to achieve a better foreign earnings for the country, as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is set to finance the development of the value chains of the crop through loan supports.

During the 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Cassava Cottage Processing and Marketing Association held at Ibadan this month, Mr. Segun Awolowo said that there is the need for more efforts toward the export of cassava by-products to boost the development of the crop through foreign earnings for infrastructural development.

According to the paper presented on his behalf by Mr. Rufus Durodoye , he stated that we need to concentrate our national energy on export of more cassava by-products abroad for industrial usage like for animal feeds and ethanol would be very helpful to our economy.

He also said "export of cassava will lead to employment creation, infrastructure development, increase in GDP and foreign earnings, increase in technologies and invention" He said the crop in terms of export is ranked 50th in the world statistics despite different efforts toward the production of cassava through improved seed varieties and other development strategies.

This being a thing of great concern on why all the stakeholders must be interested in exporting the crop's by-products like cassava chips, cassava leaves, cassava flour and ethanol.

Mr Awolowo encourage all the stakeholders seated at the meeting to aggressively pursue the export of cassava, especially the area of value addition.

In another meeting held in Lagos sometimes ago, the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele said that the CBN would be supporting the loan financing of cassava productivity in order to improve the crop for better economic empowerment and growth of the nation and stakeholders. Mr. Emefiele said the CBN will support the cultivation of about 250,000 hectares of land that would ensure more availability of the produce for both edible and industrial uses for both local and international markets. He further stressed that ethanol and dry chips will be well supported.

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NIRSAL Disclose plans to uplift 8 million Farmers’ Livelihood The Nigeria

NIRSAL Disclose plans to uplift 8 million Farmers’ Livelihood

The Nigeria Incentive- based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has disclosed that it will uplift 8 million farmers livelihood through its new AgroGeocooperative Concept. Managing Director of NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed made this known during the visit of the new executives of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria.

AFAN led by its president, Farouk Rabiu Mudi in Abuja. The scheme is said to deploy the current best agribusiness practices to address the various challenges and difficulties hindering the growth of the sector.

Mr Aliyu stated that the visit was necessary, as the sector needs such innovations that will solve the staggering challenges stunting its growth. He said that “It is critical at this junction for the visit to happen and it so happen that we are also developing a brand new concept called the AgroGeocooperative concept, which we believe is the panacea to solving the issuance of smallholder financing, risk management, and generally to lift them out of poverty.”

He explained that millions of Nigerian farmers are still practicing subsistence agriculture and this current approach to agriculture needs to be revitalised to bridge demand deficit from domestic market and to also generate export earnings. Mr Aliyu, revealed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is doing its best to ensure that low interest loans are available to farmers in the area of agrofinancing, “Under the NIRSAL AgroGeocooperative concept, we intend to organise about 8 million farmers on about 4 million hectares to give 16,000 AgroGeocooperatives” “Now this number is huge and we are not claiming we can do it in one year, but we have started the journey, activated the process, leveraging on science and technology, and a special system to do that.” he added.

In conclusion, he said that a Memorandum of Understanding that will explain the collaboration roadmap with AFAN would be made available and that every sates in the country.would be given considerations.

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NYSC members trained on Agriculture Value Addition by NSPRI

NYSC members trained on Agriculture Value Addition by NSPRI

 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members within Ibadan metropolis has been trained by the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), on value addition for selected agricultural commodities.

The Executive Director, Dr Patricia Pessu who spoke during the opening ceremony of the capacity building programme held at the Multipurpose Hall, NSPRI Ibadan zonal office, Onireke, said the project was conceptualised in response to the unemployment challenge being faced by Nigerian youths. She stated that, the trainings is a series with the maiden edition held at the institute’s headquarters, Ilorin in February 2020.

The capacity building training is expected to be replicated all over the country for NYSC members. In her words to the corp members “The training you are about to undertake is designed to open your eyes to areas of great opportunity in agriculture, challenge and motivate you. “It is expected that upon completion of your service year, this training would have equipped you not only with knowledge of exciting opportunities in postharvest handling and value addition to agricultural commodities but more importantly with the requisite skills to transport ideas into sustainable agribusiness.”

Dr Pessu also stated that: “NSPRI with over sixty years of postharvest research delivery has developed various technologies and appropriate techniques for handling, processing and storage of different categories of agricultural commodities.” “Over the years, efforts by various governments in the country to empower youths in agriculture because an important area. Postharvest value chain has not been properly recognised. Value addition to agricultural commodities is an opportunity for income generation, job creation and effective postharvest loss management practice.

The World Bank predicts that African agriculture and agribusiness will grow to be an 890 billion Euro industry by 2030. This represents significant reward for young people who tap into the industry as entrepreneurs. This training therefore, presents an opportunity for corp members to be part of the growing sector.”

 

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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. 

 

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Participants from 15 Countries To Be at WAAS 2020

 

 

Participants from 15 Countries To Be at WAAS 2020

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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

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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

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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.

Reported by 

Oladimeji Oguntoyinbo 

FARMING NEWS TODAY 

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE 

LAGOS NIGERIA 

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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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