ALP Holds Sem­i­nar on Agric Fi­nanc­ing

THISDAY - - BUSINESS WORLD DEVELOPMENT - Olawale Aji­mo­tokan in Abuja

As part of its ef­forts to The 2018 edi­tion of Akinde­lano Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers (ALP) Sem­i­nar holds in La­gos on June 21, with fo­cus on agri­cul­tural fi­nanc­ing, com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and re­search.

The Gov­er­nor of Kebbi State, Se­na­tor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu will at­tend the event’s net­work­ing lunch and de­liver the key­note ad­dress on is­sues such as in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and fi­nanc­ing the agro sec­tor.

He will use as a case study the CBN An­chor Bor­row­ers’ Pro­gramme, which has im­pacted on na­tional rice pro­duc­tion, par­tic­u­larly in Kebbi State, where out­put has al­ready helped cut down on im­por­ta­tion of pro­cessed rice by more than 80 per cent.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion to con­vene the sem­i­nar is be­tween Akinde­lano Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers and the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Trop­i­cal Agri­cul­ture (IITA).

The sem­i­nar, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease will roll out speak­ers and ex­pert panelists to dis­cuss the chal­lenges and strate­gies for a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion to mod­ern agri­cul­ture. Other speak­ers in­clude the Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Nige­ria In­cen­tive-Based Risk Shar­ing Sys­tem for Agri­cul­tural Lend­ing (NIRSAL), Aliyu Ab­dul­hameed; Deputy Direc­tor Gen­eral of IITA, Dr. Ken­ton Dashiell; Vice Pres­i­dent Olam Nige­ria, Ade Ade­feko, while the spe­cial guests in­clude the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Nige­rian Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil (NEPC) Se­gun Awolowo and com­mis­sion­ers of agri­cul­ture from the six South-west states and Kebbi State.

The sem­i­nar will draw from last year’s dis­cus­sion with em­pha­sis on self- suf­fi­ciency, com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of re­search fa­cil­i­ties, the use of new tech­nol­ogy, value chain chal­lenges, crowd fund­ing, in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and tap­ping into the busi­ness acu­men of young en­trepreneurs.

The pre­dom­i­nant view from the 2017 sem­i­nar was that the pri­vate sec­tor must part­ner gov­ern­ment and rise to the chal­lenge of align­ing Nige­ria with the mod­ern age agri­cul­tural prac­tices.

The ALP Sem­i­nar Se­ries was con­ceived and cre­ated in 2012 by Akinde­lano Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers as an in­ter­ac­tive busi­ness fo­rum to evoke dis­course on prac­ti­cal, com­mer­cial and le­gal is­sues fac­ing ex­ec­u­tives and de­ci­sion-mak­ers en­gaged in busi­ness in Nige­ria.

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