Northwest Can Generate $2.5b From Cotton Yearly, Says NEPC
TWest region of the country is said to possess the potential of earning $2b to $2.5b yearly from cotton exports, but to achieve this, two to three million hectares of cultivated land will be needed.
Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Segun Awolowo, who disclosed this at the Meet The Farmers Conference (MTFC) Nigeria 2018 titled: “The Future Of Agribusiness,” held in Lagos, listed rice, soya beans, sugar, ginger, sesame, cocoa, cowpea, and cassava, among others, as major export drivers, with comparative advantage cutting across the geo-political zones. He advised farmers to intensify efforts at increasing pro- quality packaging,” she said. The convener, Ms Bola Oyedele, who doubles as the Business Lead of Crenov8 Consulting, organisers of the conference said the event, second in its series, was an avenue to link African farmers to the Middle Eastern market. Oyedele said the rate of postharvest losses was alarming in Nigeria, hence the need to employ agritech to adequately address the issue.
Executive Director of Eltees Farms Limited, Mr. Tolu Adesanya, said technology depended on proper application, noting that many farmers are employing so much technology, but those technologies are lying somewhere without achieving its purpose.
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