Stakeholders in the agricultural sector are set to brainstorm on how to tackle the ongoing economic recession through agriculture in the country.
A statement from the NationalAssociation of Agricultural Journalistshas it that this year’s workshop, slated to hold on the 27th of October 2016 at the GRA, Ikeja Lagos is geared towards addressing issues concerning the sustainability of agriculture amidst economic recession and how the sector can be effectively utilised to rescue the nation’s failing economy.
With The theme: “Sustainable Agriculture under Economic Recession” the workshop would proffer viable solutions and strategies for the government, other agricultural stakeholders and farmer on how to improve productivity and make agriculturea veritable foreign exchange earner.
Meanwhile, a communique is expected to be issued on the outcome of deliberations at the end of the workshop.
The workshop would have the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. AuduOgbeh, as the special guest of honour. Chairman of the occasion, is the Chairman of Nigeria Agribusiness Group, AlhajiSaniDangote.
Seasoned resource persons, drawn from various aspects of the sector expected to deliberate on the theme of the workshop include President, Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, Chief Editor of Farming Africa and member of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists-guild from the Netherlands, responsible for foreign affairs, Mr. Marc Van der Sterren.
Other guest speakers include the Sokoto State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Umar NagwariTambuwal; the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. OluwastoyinSuarau; Country Director; DFID-GEMS4 Project –Wholesale & Retail Sector; Mr. BusuyiOkeowo, the Chief Executive Officer, Ericso Foods Ltd., Chief Eric Umeofia, the Managing Director, Elephant Group Nigeria Limited, Mr. TunjiOwoeye, and the Kebbi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Abubakar Muhammad Dandiga, and the Head of Marketing of Natnudo Foods, Mr. Noble Igbokwe.