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By agronigeria
August 7, 2017

NABGGrowAfrica and Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost private sector investments in agriculture.
In a Private Sector Consultative Meeting held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, the MoU, according to the organisers, is a step in the right direction towards ensuring the agriculture sector attracts the right investments.
The Executive Director, GrowAfrica, Mr. William Asiko, speaking to AgroNigeria, expressed delight on the development, describing it as a milestone achievement that will facilitate agricultural development in Nigeria and Africa.
“This milestone partnership will transform the economy by engaging different actors in the agricultural value chain to evolve business scale of investments. But we have to make it easy for all private sector players to invest.
“Between 2011 and 2016, GrowAfrica has been able to mobilise over 200 companies from global and domestic companies in Africa to pledge nearly 10 billion dollars’ worth of investments in agriculture,” he said.
During the signatory session, the Vice-President of Dangote Group and Chairman of NABG, Mr. Sani Dangote, the Executive Director, GrowAfrica. Mr. William Asiko and the Vice President, NABG, Mr. Emmanuel Ijewere, all signed the MoU.
Dangote while speaking to newsmen, expressed optimism about the partnership emphasising that, “we need to focus on a mission to develop agric values, and survive through agriculture because it is the biggest advantage we have compared to other countries of the world, and this partnership will aim to achieve that.”
He added that “The private sector has the capacity to promote growth in agriculture but the Federal Government has to create the enabling environment.”
On his part, Ijewere said if African countries grow, the continent also grows. He further noted that one of the effective ways to ensure the success of the partnership was the re-orientation of the grassroots by talking less and act more.
“People at the grassroots level have to be carried along, and this is what this partnership is aiming for. To build from the ground to the top, thereby ensuring an effective connection in decision making that affects the agriculture sector.”
Meanwhile, the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Mrs. Gloria Akobundu, who was represented by the Director of Programmes Development and Implementation, Mr. Folayan Ayodele, lauded the partnership, saying it will help to attract more youths to agriculture.
Akobundu said there was need to encourage youths to return to the farms following the depletion of the number of farmers because of age.
“We need to make agriculture more attractive by helping youths to see the sector as a business for wealth creation and empowerment. However, we also need to provide a market for them that will enable them sell the agric produce,” she said.
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