COVID-19 NIGERIA: FG Fulfils Its Promise as Agric Minister Releases Assorted Food Items for Disaster Management.

To mark the commencement of the release of the Presidential 70,000 Metric Tons of assorted grains palliative response to vulnerable Nigerians,  the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono handed over 12,500 Metric Tons of food ration to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development,  Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq from the Minna Silo in Niger State, being part of the National Strategic Food Reserve.

The Minister, today, handed over 2,500 Metric Tons of Garri
which is already been evacuated by the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) for distribution to vulnerable Nigerians in the three frontline states
being Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory.

The Ministry is also releasing simultaneously the rest of
the assorted food items as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari from its
silos in Gusau, Zamfara State, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, Yola, Adamawa State,
Lafia, Nassarawa State and Ilesha, Osun State.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq,  promised that all measures will be put in place to ensure that the food items are received by the vulnerable population as directed by Mr President

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development , Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono handed over 12,500 Metric Tonnes of food ration to the Minister of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq from the Minna Silo in Niger State.

COVID-19 NIGERIA: FG Articulates Logistic for Release of 70,000 Metric Tonnes of Grains.

COVID-19 NIGERIA: FG Articulates Logistic for Release of 70,000 Metric Tonnes of Grains.

Following the lockdown across some states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the resultant effect on the vulnerable population, President Muhammadu Buhari granted approval to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to release 70,000 Metric Tons of assorted food items from the National Strategic Food Reserve stock.

In compliance with the presidential directive, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that of the 70,000 Metric tons, 5,000 Metric tons of Gari is readily available for immediate release while bagging of the food grains is on going for further urgent release through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

According to the Minister, the food items are being released from the National Strategic Food Reserve Silo Complexes as detailed below
1. Minna Silo, Niger State – 10,000MTs of Maize and 2,500MTs of Gari

2. Lafia Silo, Nassarawa State- 5,000MTs of Millet and 1,500MTs of Gari.

3. Dustin-Ma Silo, Katsina State – 12,500MTs of Maize and 5,000MT of Sorghum.

4. Yola Silo, Adamawa State – 12,500MTs Maize and 5,000MTs of Sorghum

5. Gusau Silo, Zamfara State – 15,000MTs of Sorghum and

6. Ilesha Silo, Osun State – 1,000MTs of Gari.

The Minister promised that measures will be put in place by the Presidential Task Force to ensure that the food items get to the actual beneficiaries.

Nigeria Farmers to be Fully Involved in the Agric Mechanization Programme – Nanono

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has tasked the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) to Support the Federal Government in driving the Agriculture Mechanization Programme, stating that the Programme would ensure food and nutrition security, create jobs and boost the economy.
The Minister made this known while receiving a delegation of the newly elected Executive of the Association led by the National President, Alhaji Farouk Mudi in his office in Abuja, recently.
Nanono noted that the challenge of feeding the Nation’s growing population and creating a robust economy, food security and job creation would be a mirage without the Farmers being fully involved in the Mechanization of the Agricultural sector.
He observed the need for the association to be independent-minded and more focused. According to him, the association is a private organization, ‘’ it is entirely a Private Association and should be free from the influence of the Federal, State or Local Government Areas.’’
The Minister further said that in the recent past, ‘’those with little or no knowledge of farming or farmers, had hijacked the activities of the farmers for their selfish interest against the goals and objectives of the association’’.
He assured that the Federal Government will work with AFAN as major Stakeholders in the Agric sector.
The Minister also highlighted the three critical components of the Ministry’s policy thrust in which the desired transformation of the sector would become a reality to include; Mechanization, Research for Improved Seedlings and Effective Extension Services.
He appealed to AFAN to mobilize and sensitize the farmers, especially in the Local Government Areas to key into the Programme when it is implemented, adding that the Programme would be owned by the farmers.
Earlier in his address, the President of AFAN, Alhaji Farouk Mudi, appealed to the Minister to revisit and fine-tune the issue of the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES), which he believes would boost farmers production, create jobs and increase internally generated revenue.
Mudi further said that ‘’ Agriculture should be seen as a business and not a cultural practice. It must be structured, developed and financed as a business for us to fully unlock its potentials’’.

FG. LAUNCHES NATIONAL FERTILIZER CONTROL ACT 2019

FG TARGETS INCREASED GDP FROM THE AGRIC SECTOR AS NANONO LAUNCHES NATIONAL FERTILIZER CONTROL ACT 2019  

The Federal Government has launched the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act 2019 as a vital component of the Agricultural Policy of the present Administration and the bid to repositioning of Nigeria economy from oil and gas to agribusiness. The Act will safeguard and protect the interest of the entire Fertilizer value chain players such as manufacturers, producers, blenders, importers, distributors and the end user farmers in Nigeria.    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono stated this in his public presentation of the ACT today in Abuja. Alhaji Sabo Nanono stated that the Agric sector contributes about 21.2% of the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) as at 2018, 88% of Non- oil foreign exchange earnings, employs about 70% of the active labour and provides raw materials for the Agro-allied industrial sector.     Nanono noted that the Act would provide an enabling environment for Fertilizer enterprises to grow including the protection of investment in the Agric sector and assured that farmers will get value for every kobo spent on buying Fertilizer for their farms. According to him, “the Act therefore seeks to ensure that maximum benefits are derived from each kilogram of Fertilizer bought and used by the farmers in terms nutrients composition and levels “.   The Minister informed that ‘’the quick assent to the fertilizer Act by Mr. President goes to show the importance and commitment he attaches to the agricultural sector in general and his desire to help protect the investments of the Nigerian farmers, through the provision of this regulatory framework aimed at guaranteeing the supply and distribution of quality fertilizers and other farm inputs to farmers across the country at their doorsteps, at the right time, right place and right prices”.   He acknowledged the efforts of stakeholders including Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS), International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Nigeria Agricultural Business Group (NABG), Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), Nigeria Agro-Input Dealers Association (NAIDA) and other relevant stakeholders for their immeasurable support and inputs in ensuring the actualization of this age-long dream of establishing a fertilizer regulatory system for Nigeria. The Minister stated  that the Act is against activities such as: Operating or carrying on fertilizer business as a manufacturer, blender, importer or distributor  in Nigeria with an expired permit or certificate of registration;  Selling any fertilizer supplement that contains destructive ingredients or properties harmful to plant growth when used according to the accompanying instructions or in accordance with the instructions contained on the label of the package in which the fertilizer or the fertilizer supplement is contained; also, engaging in the  illegal sales, distribution, transportation of fertilizers, among others.   He further said that there is need to ensure that the country meets the required set standards in terms of quality by enforcing the following measures: Proper documentation and licensing of all the players in the fertilizer value chain from the manufacturers, producers, blenders, importers, distributors to the end user farmers to ensure traceability and accountability in the fertilizer delivery process, Deployment and re-training of more Fertilizer Quality Control Inspectors, among others.   In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr.  Abdulkadir Mua’zu said that the legal and regulatory framework for Fertilizer Quality Control would enable Fertilizer Inspectors of Farm Inputs Support services Department (FISSD) of the Ministry undertake periodic quality control and assessment to fertilizer production plants, ports of discharge and market outlets to ensure compliance.    Dr Mua’zu pointed out that “this is important because the Federal Government has identified some violations in the sub-sector which includes plant nutrient deficiencies, adulteration, misbranding, underweight bagging, bagging quality, operating without certificate of registration and sometimes with expired certificate of registration”.    He thanked all the stakeholders present and who have contributed in one way or the other in ensuring the passage of the bill into an Act especially, members of the National Assembly Committees on Agriculture for championing and actualizing the long awaited Fertilizer Act, International Agencies such as IFDC, AGRA, NABG, who have been supporting and partnering with the Ministry to actualize the establishment of the Act.   In his goodwill message, Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator, Abdullahi Adamu noted that Nigerian farmers have suffered economic hardship based on the adulteration of fertilizer products overs the years and he also appreciated President Muhammad Buhari for passing of the bill into law in October, 2019.    

Agric minister receives delegates from Denmark Embassy in Nigeria

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alh Muhñammad Sabo Nanono earlier received in his office, delegates from the Embassy of Denmark in Abuja led by the Danish Ambassador, Amb Jesper Kamp.
The purpose of the meeting was to inform the Honourable Minister on the previous activities of the Mission in Nigeria as regards Agricultural Sector, and also to brief the Minister on the ongoing Milk Farm Project located in Kano State. The project is set to take off with 14,000 herds of cows that will produce up to 52 Million Litres of Milk, which will also provide about 40,000 job opportunities for citizens.
Amb Kamp further reiterated that the Embassy would replicate the project in the other Northern States.
In his remark, the Minister assured the Embassy of full support and collaborations from the ministry.

FG TARGETS INCREASED GDP FROM THE AGRIC SECTOR AS NANONO LAUNCHES NATIONAL FERTILIZER CONTROL ACT 2019

The Federal Government has launched the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act 2019 as a vital component of the Agricultural Policy of the present Administration and the bid to a repositioning of Nigeria economy from oil and gas to agribusiness. The Act will safeguard and protect the interest of the entire Fertilizer value chain players such as manufacturers, producers, blenders, importers, distributors and the end-user farmers in Nigeria. 
 
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono stated this in his public presentation of the ACT today in Abuja. Alhaji Sabo Nanono stated that the Agric sector contributes about 21.2% of the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) as at 2018, 88% of non- oil foreign exchange earnings, employs about 70% of the active labour and provides raw materials for the Agro-allied industrial sector.  
 
Nanono noted that the Act would provide an enabling environment for Fertilizer enterprises to grow including the protection of investment in the Agric sector and assured that farmers will get value for every kobo spent on buying Fertilizer for their farms. According to him, “the Act, therefore, seeks to ensure that maximum benefits are derived from each kilogram of Fertilizer bought and used by the farmers in terms of nutrients composition and levels “.
 
The Minister informed that ‘’the quick ascent to the fertilizer Act by Mr President goes to show the importance and commitment he attaches to the agricultural sector in general and his desire to help protect the investments of the Nigerian farmers, through the provision of this regulatory framework aimed at guaranteeing the supply and distribution of quality fertilizers and other farm inputs to farmers across the country at their doorsteps, at the right time, right place and right prices”.
 
He acknowledged the efforts of stakeholders including Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS), International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Nigeria Agricultural Business Group (NABG), Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), Nigeria Agro-Input Dealers Association (NAIDA) and other relevant stakeholders for their immeasurable support and inputs in ensuring the actualization of this age-long dream of establishing a fertilizer regulatory system for Nigeria.

The Minister stated that the Act is against activities such as: Operating or carrying on fertilizer business as a manufacturer, blender, importer or distributor in Nigeria with an expired permit or certificate of registration;  Selling any fertilizer supplement that contains destructive ingredients or properties harmful to plant growth when used according to the accompanying instructions or in accordance with the instructions contained on the label of the package in which the fertilizer or the fertilizer supplement is contained; also, engaging in the illegal sales, distribution, transportation of fertilizers, among others.
 
He further said that there is need to ensure that the country meets the required set standards in terms of quality by enforcing the following measures: Proper documentation and licensing of all the players in the fertilizer value chain from the manufacturers, producers, blenders, importers, distributors to the end-user farmers to ensure traceability and accountability in the fertilizer delivery process, Deployment and re-training of more Fertilizer Quality Control Inspectors, among others.
 
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Abdulkadir Mua’zu said that the legal and regulatory framework for Fertilizer Quality Control would enable Fertilizer Inspectors of Farm Inputs Support services Department (FISSD) of the Ministry undertake periodic quality control and assessment to fertilizer production plants, ports of discharge and market outlets to ensure compliance. 
 
Dr Mua’zu pointed out that “this is important because the Federal Government has identified some violations in the sub-sector which includes plant nutrient deficiencies, adulteration, misbranding, underweight bagging, bagging quality, operating without a certificate of registration and sometimes with an expired certificate of registration”. 
 
He thanked all the stakeholders present and who have contributed in one way or the other in ensuring the passage of the bill into an Act especially, members of the National Assembly Committees on Agriculture for championing and actualizing the long-awaited Fertilizer Act, International Agencies such as IFDC, AGRA, NABG, who have been supporting and partnering with the Ministry to actualize the establishment of the Act.
 
In his goodwill message, Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator, Abdullahi Adamu noted that Nigerian farmers have suffered economic hardship based on the adulteration of fertilizer products over the years and he also appreciated President Muhammad Buhari for passing of the bill into law in October 2019.

NIGERIAN RICE CAN COMPETE FAVOURABLY IN THE GLOBAL MARKET SAYS AGRIC MINISTER AS HE LAUDS RICE FARMERS

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has lauded the effort of rice farmers in Nigeria, stating that it will help actualize Government’s agenda in the Agricultural sector being food sufficiency, job creation and economic growth.  

The Minister made this disclosure during a working visit to rice farms and mills of Stallion Group Limited, Popular Farms and Mill Limited – the producers of  Stallion rice in Kano, Kano State over the weekend.

Alhaji Sabo Nanono noted that the Nation’s land border closure had resulted in an accelerated and increased output by rice milling plants in Nigeria, adding the boost would reduce the high rate of unemployment. 

The Minister reiterated that with the improved production rate, Nigeria rice is bound to compete favourably in the global market the moment exportation begins, in his words, ” if we maintain this momentum in the next two years, we may export rice to other countries “.

He informed that the Ministry would convene a forum for all relevant stakeholders in the rice sub-sector to dialogue on how to improve on rice Seedlings, farm inputs among others. According to him, ” this meeting should take place in the next three to four weeks”.

The Minister further said  that “I see no reason why a 50kg bag of rice should be sold for N17,000, the same paddy rice is sold at N8,500 and maximum processing expense is N2,000 making a total of N10,500, it is unpatriotic to sell a bag more than N14,000 – N 15000.” 

He stated that the primary focus of the Ministry is Mechanization of the Agricultural sector, strengthening Research Institutions, Extension Agricultural Services and Livestock/Diary development.

The Minister lauded the Stallion Group for efforts towards improving rice production and creating jobs for Nigerians. He urged other investors to key into Agribusiness because of Its numerous financial benefits. 

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Managing Director, Popular Farms and Mill Limited, Mr Amit Kumar Rai Stated that “Stallion Group Popular Farms and Mills Limited, has invested over the US $70m to boost production of Agric business, especially rice and sesame in Nigeria. It operates the biggest rice mill in Kano with an annual installed capacity of 430, 000 metric tons. It has a consolidated capacity of 1.7 Mn Metric tons”.

Mr Rai further said that “the group is investing also in additional milling facilities locally in order to obtain self-sufficiency in rice production. He highlighted some of the popular brands of the group include: Tomato King, Double Bull, People’s Princess and Super Champion”. 

He pointed out that the group organise training and distributes rice farming tools free to out growers across the rice producing states in Nigeria as part of its dedicated services in the rice value chain initiative.

He informed that ” About 20% of these beneficiaries are women who diligently work alongside their male counterparts in the fields to support their families. the group believes that focus on empowering communities leads to more progressive farmers and greater economic and social opportunities for households. It works through Public Private Partnership with  Federal Government ’s agriculture objectives to train small scale farmers”.

The  Minister  also visited the Premier Seed Nigeria Limited and Value Seeds Limited, in Zaria, Kaduna State. Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono reemphasised the overall goals of  the policy principles of the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP) , stating that it would concentrate on providing an enabling environment for stakeholders at  the federal and state level to play their distinctive roles. 

FG REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO QUALITY SEEDS  FOR NIGERIAN FARMERS

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that quality seed is a key input towards enhancing Agricultural productivity and ensuring food security, job creation and economic growth in Nigeria.

 Speaking during the National Seed Retreat organised by the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), at the IAR Conference Hall, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, today, 27/02/20, the Minister noted that seed is the carrier of the genetic potential of the crop plant that determines the upper limit of yield and the ultimate productivity of fertilizers, agro-chemicals and other inputs including types of machinery and farming techniques.

Nanono informed that the Ministry has the responsibility to provide a conducive policy environment of ensuring the sustenance of a virile National Seeds System and to enable a credible, dynamic, competitive and relevant industry which provides healthy and high-quality planting materials for Nigerian farmers and for export irrespective of their location. According to him,” This is the reason I have called this important meeting for us all to discuss the grey areas that need to be straightened for seed sector development”.

He emphasised that the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) in partnership with all relevant stakeholders is responsible for seed industry development and regulation in the country and has over the years been involved in various activities towards ensuring the development of the nation’s seed sector. 

He pointed out that the overall set of policy principles of the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP) , would concentrate on providing an enabling environment for stakeholders at the federal and state level to play their distinctive roles. 

He also said that the policy would provide a conducive legislative and agricultural knowledge framework, macro-policies, security-enhancing physical infrastructure and institutional mechanisms for coordination, access to adequate inputs, finance, information on innovation, agricultural services and markets.

Alhaji Sabo Nanono tasked the Stakeholders on the need to render services for posterity, “Your presence here as stakeholders is simple but are service to posterity because with a growing population expected to reach above 400 million in a few years from now we must plan ahead. Recognize the importance of this sub-sector to the overall sustenance of national plan through agricultural productivity”.

 He further said, “we are all challenged today to identify, discuss determine the type of interventions needed (technological, regulatory and others) to make quality seeds available to farmers through sustainable systems and construct roadmap, with specific recommendations, to guide a sound and sustainable dissemination strategy for improved crops to resource-poor farmers in Nigeria in particular and West in general “.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu stated that there is need to focus more on locally made seed because they have been tested and proven in the Seeds sub-sector and assured that the bills before both chambers of the National Assembly would soon be passed into laws.

During his goodwill message, the Chairman, House Committee on Agric. Production and Services,  Hon. Danduste Muntari said that quality Seed is vital in the process of achieving food sufficiency, job creation and would boost the internally generated revenue in the country. He also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda in the Agricultural sector which he said would change the narrative on the economy shifting from the oil sector to the Agricultural sector. 

In his welcome remarks, the Director-General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr Philip Olusegun Ojo, informed that ” NASC has introduced/launch the National Seed Tracker, introduced the turn-key electronic Seed Authentication system, developed a Five (5) year strategic plan and up-graded the central seed testing laboratories to meet international Standards”.

Dr Philip Ojo stated that NASC has commenced effort towards the introduction of a Legislation for the Protection of New Varieties of Plant (PVP) in Nigeria as well as firming upon its membership of international organizations like the  Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Seed Federation (ISF)  International Seed Testing Association (ISTA). According to him, “all in a bid to promote our nation’s participation in the global trade of seeds and enhance our quality seed delivery capability while encouraging private sector participation in the Seeds sub-sector”.

He advocated for the quick passage of the PVP law to complement the existing Seed Act for the establishment and maintenance of strong legal protection for seed and plant products and its enforcement so as to deter those who engage in illegal seed practices.

Effective Monitoring and Evaluation is Key to Agricultural Development- Nanono

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has said effective Monitoring and Evaluation of projects and programmes of the Ministry are imperative to attain Agricultural development in Nigeria. He said the Ministry of Agriculture must align itself with the priority projects and deliverables set by the present administration for all Miniseries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) including the Ministry of Agriculture saddled with the mandate of providing the enabling environment for the attainment of food security.

Nanono made the statement today during a Special Interactive Meeting on Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects and Programmes organized by the Ministry for States and Zonal Directors.

According to the Minister, ‘’there is need for an integrated approach among project Monitoring and Evaluation, Collaboration is necessary among projects and programmes Departments, Zonal and State Offices, as well as the Department of Policy and Planning Coordination, saddled with projects monitoring and evaluation in the ministry among others’. He added ‘’I observed that zonal directors and state coordinator are the foot soldiers of the ministry having a critical role to play in facilitating the realization of this mandate.’’

The Minister informed that the Ministry is focused on three major key areas such as Agricultural Mechanization, livestock Management and Extension Services. He, therefore, said that all hands must be on deck for the actualization of these Programmes to enhance food sufficiency and reduce unemployment in the country.

Nanono noted that the interactive meeting ‘’would provide the opportunity to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the 2019 priority projects in line with current administration emphasis on implementation reports to enable us to commence the implementation of the 2020 capital projects.”

The Minister directed all the States and Regional Directors to take proper documentation of the Ministry’s unutilized assets across the country. He stressed that ‘’it is very important to know where there are and also know the status of the assets in there state” He said living them is like a misnomer.’’

In his address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Dr Abdulkadir Mu’azu, called for synergy between the Headquarter, Zonal and State Offices as well as other stakeholders in the project implementation Programmes.

He also directed all the departments and units in the ministry to align its activities to the agriculture-specific 2019-2023 priority project, Programme and deliverables handed down as key mandate of the Ministry by Government the Federal Government.

In his goodwill message, Chairman House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services Hon. Muntari Danduste, said Monitoring and Evaluation is key to the success of any government affairs and appealed for the sustainability of the Programme to enable the ministry to articulate its milestones and challenges.

On his part, Chairman, House Committee on Agric Colleges/ Institutions, Hon Munir Dan Agundi commended the ministry for the meeting stating that it was imperative in the actualization of the ministry’s mandate. He called on the need for more synergy with the ministry ‘’so that we can be on the same page.’’ He also appealed to the Ministry to keep an eye on its agencies particularly the agricultural institutions.

FG Partners Global Fortunes Limited to Establish Agricultural Industrial Parks

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Hon. Mustapha Shehuri has stated that the Federal Government would partner Global Fortunes Ltd. to establish Agricultural Industrial Parks (AIPs) across the Six-Geopolitical Zones of the country in order to create jobs and ensure food sufficiency in the Agricultural Value Chain.

Shehuri made this disclosure when he received a delegation of the Global Fortunes Ltd led by Mr. Kidron Israel, in Abuja over the weekend.

The Minister pointed out that the project is going to be Public Private Partnership driven; adding that with the Federal Government is committed to the development of the agricultural value chain in Nigeria.  He said the project if implemented would ensure food security and create more employment for Nigerians.

He also noted that ‘’even with the huge infrastructural deficit in Nigeria, we can still embark on this project, because the government is focused on diversifying the Nigerian economy.’’

The Minister said he will visit the Taraba State Agricultural Industrial Park with the relevant directors to see the model of the park that is the state.

He stressed the need for the Federal Government in collaboration with the State Government and other relevant agencies to partake in the project in order to accelerate progress.

In his remarks, the Director, Department of Agribusiness, Dr. Aminu Babadi, said the project is a welcome development but mentioned that some of the challenges that could hinder the smooth take off include; energy and space utilization.

In his presentation, the Manager, Global Fortunes Ltd, Mr. Kidron Israel said that the company is using this opportunity to establish Agricultural Industrial Parks across the six geopolitical zone of the country.

He also said that the system is the fastest way of changing the old farming culture to a state-of-the-art modern farming and also the fastest way of growing the economy.

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