French companies engaged in the Agribusiness sector were due in Nigeria Monday (27Oct) on a four-day Business Development Trade Mission under the auspices of ADEPTA, according to ADEPTA Consultant Foluke Michael.
The 230-member ADEPTA brings together French agro-industries, manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, technologies, and input for agriculture, livestock and agri-food production.
These partner companies are seeking credible local partners to do business with as well as to bring their expertise to projects requiring international proficiency and skills, the Consultant said in a statement made available to PANA here on Monday.
The ADEPTA member companies, which are well-established in the areas of equipment development and manufacturing, supply of inputs, engineering and design expertise in the agriculture and agri-food industry, will meet with their Nigerian counterparts at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the companies will commence visits to farms and agri-food industries.
Some of the companies on the Trade Mission are Prolac-Soufflet Group (Whole, skimmed and fat filled milk powder); Serac (Packaging solutions for dairy, food and beverages markets); Trisikalia (Potatoes seeds); Clextral (Processing lines for extruded products : couscous and pasta) and Coopex Montbeliarde (World leader in Montbeliarde genetics : pregnant heifers, semen, embryos, advice and technical support).
Also on the Mission are I.C.S. (Complete solutions for field crops farming in the tropics) and Olmix (Well-being and hygiene in animal production : atmosphere and feeding)
”ADEPTA member companies are looking forward to working with stakeholders within the agricultural sector of Nigeria economy to grow the sector,” Michael said. [AFRICAN MANAGER]
The Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has announced the injection of N3 billion for small holder farmers in the state.
The governor made the announcement at the 2014 World Food Day (WFD) celebration in Port Harcourt.
Amaechi, represented by the commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Emmanuel Chindah, said the assistance was aimed at moving subsistent farmers away from poverty.
He reiterated the readiness of the state government to encourage agriculture for jobs and wealth creation.
‘’At inception of this administration in 2007, we resolved to promote agriculture by investing heavily on it.
‘’We intend to sustain livelihood through surplus food production and supply, which we have succeeded in through the help of agencies like Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency and others,’’ the governor said.
Amaechi called on farmers to rise above food scarcity and peasantry, adding that it was imperative to make farming attractive.
The governor said large scale farming was the only roadmap for economic buoyancy of any nation, adding that it was also the primary concern of his administration.
He commended farmers in the state for being consistent with their vocations, adding that the agricultural development of the state was dependent on them.
Also speaking, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mrs Otonyetarie Okoye, said the celebration was in line with global efforts of ending hunger.
She commended the governor for giving agriculture an unprecedented attention, which had assisted in redefining agriculture in the state. [SOURCE: NAN]