Dan­gote, oth­ers to es­tab­lish agribusi­ness group

Daily Trust - - NEWS - Sto­ries by Ahmed Dio Agbo

The Dan­gote Group with other part­ners have fi­nalised plans to form a body known as “Nige­rian Agribusi­ness Group” to ad­dress chal­lenges in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor from a holis­tic per­spec­tive.

This dis­clo­sure was made by the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Dan­gote Group, Al­haji Sani Dan­gote, in his re­marks at the just con­cluded 1st Daily Trust Agric Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion in Abuja.

Ac­cord­ing to him, they came up with the ini­tia­tive to bring to­gether all the key stake­hold­ers in the agri­cul­ture value chain in or­der to be­come stronger and ef­fec­tive in as­sist­ing mem­bers in var­i­ous ways.

He said mem­ber­ship of the Group was open to all farm­ers as­so­ci­a­tions, com­mod­ity as­so­ci­a­tions and other agri­cul­ture-based groups in the coun­try.

“All the nec­es­sary things have been done and the Group will soon come on board. If the Group comes up, all we are dis­cussing here will be taken care of. How to tackle the chal­lenges fac­ing the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, among other is­sues will be con­sid­ered by the Group,” he said.

Al­haji Dan­gote stated that a lot of in­vest­ment was needed in agri­cul­ture to cre­ate jobs and pro­duc­tiv­ity in the face of the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion and un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try.

He said the Dan­gote Group has made a lot of in­vest­ment in the sec­tor across the coun­try and are sup­port­ing out­grow­ers to also ben­e­fit from the in­vest­ment.

“We bring in out-grow­ers to move the farm­ers out of poverty. Lo­cal farm­ers don’t have a dime to buy fer­til­izer. They rely on the rich guy in the vil­lage who pays him less than one-third of the value of their pro­duce,” he noted.

“We give the farm­ers in­puts. We have reg­is­tered 5,000 farm­ers in Kano. We give 100,000 oil palm seedlings to farm­ers in Cross River ev­ery year,” he added.

He said Dan­gote Group has in­vest­ments hov­er­ing around 100,000 hectares of rice farms in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the coun­try.

Photo: Ikechukwu Ibe

From left: Com­mis­sioner of Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Resources Kano State, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna; Min­is­te­rial nom­i­nee, Chief Audu Og­beh; Former gover­nor of Nasarawa State, Sen­a­tor Ab­dul­lahi Adamu; and Na­tional Pres­i­dent Potato’ Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (POFAN), Chief Daniel Okafor, dur­ing the 1st Daily Trust Agric. Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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