Fairtrade moves to boost technology in agriculture sector
To boost technology in the agricultural sector, Fairtrade has organised its fifth international tradeshow where investors will partner with the country for better agricultural practices.
The three-day programme will focus on Nigeria’s agrofood and plastprint pack to promote packaging of farm products.
Managing Director, Fairtrade, Paul Marz, said the exhibition aimed at bringing technology to the entire food value chain from the field to food processing.
“We have agro-tech experts here to achieve an increase in local production so that Nigeria can become self-sufficient, create employment, reduce dependency on importation and post-harvest losses,” Marz said.
Marz stated that about 120 exhibitors and eight officials from Belarus, China, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and The Netherlands were present at the event.
Also, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Belarus, Vigacheslav Bril, said his country would be coming into Nigeria because it is an emerging economy in sub-Saharan Africa with a lot of opportunities.
Bril said that Belarus competencies and different agricultural experiences would help to provide high quality for Nigerian market.
Vice President, Nigerian AgriBusiness Group (NABG), Emmanuel Ijewere, said the programme would provide an attempt to penetrate the Nigerian market and reveal affordable and efficient way of doing business.
He said people make investments in areas they would make profit, so Nigeria needs to make herself attractive for investors to do business.
Ijewere stated that to ensure best practices in Nigerian agricultural sector, NABG had partnered with ADEPTA, a French organisation that gives information on new developments in the world.