North­west Can Gen­er­ate $2.5b From Cot­ton Yearly, Says NEPC

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - BUSINESS AGRO - By Gbenga Ak­in­fenwa

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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