Speakers make case for agriculture
Farmers, agriculture businessmen and women and other stakeholders in the Nigerian agricultural sector in their large numbers graced the 1st Daily Trust agriculture conference, which began yesterday in Abuja.
Agro-allied companies were on hand to showcase their latest technologies at the event.
Olam Nigeria, one of the country biggest multinational actors in the nation’s rice industry showed strong presence with the various products from their stable. Another rice miller who showcased their products were the Stine Industries Ltd, makers of “Stinerice Gold” one of the newest entrants into the rice industry.
On the dairy front, Nagari Dairy Farm also showed strong presence with its products and the new flour produced from the farm’s new mill.
In the same vein, the Kaduna federation of Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MILCOPAL NIG Ltd) stormed the event with pasteurized fresh milk, sweet yoghurt and quality butter.
Fish farmers were also not left out with some of them bringing their new innovations and technologies to the conference for exhibition.
Myra Fish Centre took participants through some of the notable modernization they have in fish processing. Some of their products include smoked diced catfish, smoked curved catfish, smoked catfish filets, and fresh catfish fillet.
Notore, one of the biggest fertilizer producers was also on hand with their latest fertilizer in the industry to introduce to the participants. Many farmers were schooled on how the new technology works.
Seed producers like Capital Agricultural Development Limited displayed the various new improved varieties they have for interested farmers. Their technologies according to them are designed for different agro-ecological zones of the country.
Farmers’ associations that were at the events with their products include Federation of Agricultural Commodity Association of Nigeria (FACAN), whose members presented many of their value added products.
The orange-fleshed sweet potato farmers also took participants through many of their products and technologies.
Producers of various Bee products also showcase their products.
Bank of Agriculture, Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC), Jaiz Bank were all on ground to inform participants of services they can offered in the industry.
The conference, which ends today, will see more exhibitors meeting their target audience in order to build more networks in the sector.
From left: Chairman, Jaiz Bank Plc, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab; Emir of Gummi, Justice Lawal Aliyu Gummi; Chairman of the occasion, Dr Oba Otudeko, and Promotional Officer, Wacot Ltd, Mr Auwal Yaro, inspect an exhibition stand at the first Daily Trust Agricultural Conference and Exhibition in Abuja yesterday.