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Stakeholders tasked on rebuilding North East agriculture

By Fabian Odum
08 May 2016   |   2:13 am
As the dust of the military spat between the insurgents and Federal Government gradually begins to settle, the toll it has taken on farming activities in the northeast of the country comes to the fore.
PHOTO: worldagroforestry.org

PHOTO: worldagroforestry.org

As AgroNigeria opens Zaria branch

As the dust of the military spat between the insurgents and Federal Government gradually begins to settle, the toll it has taken on farming activities in the northeast of the country comes to the fore.

Reviving the zone’s agro-allied economy was a subject of discussion in Zaria as AgroNigeria brought farmers and research experts together at the opening of its North-West branch office.

Professor of Agricultural Extension, Professor Ikani Ikani, while delivering a talk urged farmers and agro-allied practitioners to bring the sector back to life.

As the special guest, he lamented that the long duration of violence and terrorism in agricultural vibrant states and the cost of lack of production to the economy.

Ikani said stakeholders should not wait for government, though it be ready to ready to support farmers with loans and incentives to go into production of crops and rearing of animals.

He said the presence of AgroNigeria in Zaria is to bridge the information gap, while bringing interpretation of policies to the tables of the farmers.

Crop protection expert, Professor Isa Onu from Institute of Agriculture Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria urged AgroNigeria not to relent in the pursuit of the growth of the sector, while applauding the editorial depth of the magazine and quality of production.

Chief Executive Officer and Editor-In-Chief, AgroNigeria, Mr. Richard-Mark Mbaram reiterated the dream of the company in ensuring that Nigerian agricultural sector gets the desired media mileage necessary for its continued recovery and viability.

Mbaram stated, adding that the company’s “determination to set up an office in the north is based on the resolve to help in rebuilding the economy of the north east of Nigeria, by showcasing its agricultural potentials to a broader audience.”

He canvassed support for President Buhari in his consolidation of the agro master plan from the past administration.

Other guests at the ceremony included a feed mill expert Dr. (Mrs.) Ogundipe of Rebson Agricultural Company, who urged for more support for the company’s laudable efforts.