Processing companies in Ogun State are “crying for raw materials” for industrial production despite abundance in Kebbi State, Ogun and Kebbi Commissioners for Agriculture have said.
The commissioners hit the discovery on Tuesday while speaking at a plenary session at the Feed Nigeria Summit 2020 organised by AgroNigeria and held at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja.
Feed Nigeria Summit, hosted annually by AgroNigeria, is famed as Nigeria’s foremost agricultural sector convocation aimed at catalyzing transformational progress for the country’s agriculture.
This year’s edition of the Summit, which was themed: Agribusiness: Leading Nigeria’s Recovery, was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1st and 2nd, 2020.
Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, and his Kebbi State counterpart, Alhaji Attahiru Maccido, were part of discussants for the Agro-Industrialisation Plenary at the just-concluded Summit.
Discussants at the plenary spoke on the theme: Enhancing Nigeria’s Agro-Competitiveness Through Targeted Support for Production, Processing and Market.
Speaking on the topic, Odedina noted that Nigeria was yet to address the foundational problems necessary to foot industrialization in the country.
The Ogun State commissioner pointed out that more needed to be done in the area of inclusion of primary producers in the industrial value chain.
He added, however, that the Ogun State Government has done a lot to foster public-private sector partnership.
Odedina said, “Raw material processing companies [in Ogun State] are crying for raw materials. The price of a tonne of raw material is about N50,000. The private sector is already taking the lead through the establishment of processing zones, but there is a lack of coordination.
“The Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) is, therefore, a welcome development.”
On his part, Maccido called for “serious” Federal Government investment in the agricultural value chain. He, however, reiterated the role of the private sector in driving agriculture
The Agric Commissioner said, “Kebbi has an abundance of raw materials for processing. However, we lack sufficient processing capacity..
“First thing Kebbi State did was to ensure a stable power supply for all the industrial sector. In Kebbi, land is almost free as you pay minimal amounts.
“Also, security here is almost better than all the states in the North.”
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