The successful conclusion of the maiden edition of the Ecowas Agriculture, Agro-Allied & Technology Exhibition organized by Global Exhibition & Business Services Limited, with regional and global participation, for the common good of our father land and its citizens, and by extension, the ECOWAS sub-region, is highly applauded.
We commend the organizers of this event in recognition of the fact that they have carefully considered very key areas which have been major impediments to the growth and development of agriculture in Nigeria. Some of these areas are technology which has held the sector to a subsistence level; and food processing, which for long has been a major setback in terms of value addition to agricultural produce.
The exhibition themed: “Agricultural production and processing for self sufficiency, poverty eradication and economic development”, is without any doubt, a timely impetus for the Nigerian agric sector, going by the spiraling prices of food, increasing hunger, starvation and malnutrition arising from unfavourable investment climate, poor or near absence of mechanized farming practice, poor technologies, lack of new innovations, lack of storage materials, lack of processing centers, poor funding, lack of genuine willingness and preparedness by government to advance the sector, and a weak Naira, that has affected key sectors of the economy, with no exception to the agro-allied sector.
While Nigerians play the waiting game to see the nation leverage on agriculture as a game changer in the quest for diversification, we strongly advise, that the Federal government without delay, tilts towards advocating, funding, and creating an enabling environment for more profitable agro-allied activities, agro exhibitions, conferences, workshops and trainings, while also accelerating growth, through inter-industry linkages and the agric value-chain.
These, will no doubt, bolster the Nigerian agricultural sector by attracting direct foreign investments, while also creating a multiplying effect on other key sectors of the economy.