Nigeria, Slovakia ‎To Partner In Energy, Agriculture

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The Slovakian government has called for collaboration with the Federal Government of‎ Nigeria in energy and agriculture.

Making the call while speaking to LEADERSHIP over the weekend, at the sideline of the Slovakia national day celebration, the Slovakian ambassador to Nigeria, Peter Holasek said his country is ready to collaborate with Nigeria to develop her energy resources.

Holesek, who also disclosed that some private sector businessmen from Slovak‎ia have already built power plants in Objan, Ibese and Magboro, all in Nigeria; noted that this of collaboration will be between the two governments.

He also said the government of Slovakia ‎is ready to partner with Nigeria in the agriculture sector as Nigeria is currently diversifying and focusing more on agriculture development.

The agricultural sector in the Sovak economy employs 8.9 percent of the labour force ‎and more than one-third of Slovakia’s territory is cultivated, and the primary agricultural products are sugar beets, potatoes, wheat, barley, fruit, forest products, corn, pigs, cattle, poultry, and sheep.

Grapes for wine production are grown in some hilly areas, and tobacco is cultivated in valleys. Animal products, including oils, represent over 80 percent of all agricultural receipts.

The agricultural sector in the Slovak economy contribute to the Gross Domestic Product, making up approximately five percent of the GDP.

Also, Slovakia is among the top five European Union countries as regards the share of renewable energy in transport fuel consumption, which has increased considerably in recent years; even as the share of new cars using alternative fuels is below the EU average, as is the number of charging points for electric vehicles.

Private investment in transport research and development has increased.