Agricbusiness Summit 2017 will address hunger, unemployment-Convener
The planned Agric summit, tagged, ‘’Agribusiness Summit 2017,’’ scheduled for April 7, and April 8 in Abuja is aimed at addressing hunger and unemployment in Nigeria.
Mr Tope Runsewe, appointed to Convene the summit stated this on Monday in Abuja during a news conference.
He further said the summit would serve as a platform to discuss the potential and viability of the agriculture business, using the resources available in achieving food security in the country.
According to him, the country is faced with hunger and unemployment adding that the only solution to these challenges is agriculture.
‘‘The summit has become imperative at this time for the nation, now that the country is faced with some challenges.
‘‘We are convinced that agriculture business is a viable means of getting people out of hunger and unemployment.
‘‘That is why we are convening this meeting, focusing on young people, retirees, civil servants, soon to be retired or anybody who is interested in agriculture.
‘‘Agriculture is a business you can do regardless of what you do at the moment, because it will help to multiply your strength of income and at the same time, eliminate some challenges.
‘‘That is why we are hosting it on April 7 and 8, 2017 in Abuja in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Central Bank of Nigeria, Bank of Agriculture and so on.’’
He urged the stakeholders in agriculture sector to take advantage of the opportunity to participate, assuring that wide range of agro allied activities would be discussed
Some of the agricultural activities he said were livestock, animal, feeds, seed and agro- processing.
Contributing, Dr Tunde Arosanyin, National Coordinator, Zero Hunger Nigeria Commodities, said Nigeria could create jobs for its youths and achieve food security through agriculture.
‘’Agriculture is the only business enterprise that is permitted by Nigerian law for civil servants without running contrary to the law of the country.
‘‘We want to encourage them as primary, secondary or tertiary producers in this regard.’’