National Association of Agriculture Journalists (NAAJ) is set to engage stakeholders in agricultural sector during its workshop on ways to tackle the ongoing economic recession through agriculture in the country.
In a statement signed by its National Chairman, Mr Stanley Ihedigbo, the association stated that this year’s workshop, slated to hold on the 27th of this month at GRA, Ikeja Lagos, has been channelled towards addressing issues concerning the sustainability of agriculture amidst economic recession and ways the sector can be effectively utilised to rescue the nation’s ailing economy.
With The theme: “Sustainable Agriculture under Economic Recession” the workshop would proffer viable solutions and strategies for the government and other agricultural stakeholder and farmer as communique would be issued after the workshop.
The workshop would have the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Audu Ogbeh, as the special guest of honour and the chairman of the occasion, is the Chairman of Nigeria Agribusiness Group, Alhaji Sani Dangote.
The seasoned resource persons, drawn from various sectors expected to deliberate on the theme of the workshop includes the President, Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, Commissioners of Agriculture for Lagos, Benue and Abia states, among others.
Under the watch of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Chief Audu Ogbeh, as the Special Guest Honour, while the guest speakers include the Chief Editor of Farming Africa and member of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists-guild from The Netherlands, responsible for foreign affairs, Mr. Marc Van der Sterren; the Sokoto State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Umar Nagwari Tambuwal; the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwastoyin Suarau; Country Director; DFID-GEMS4 Project –Wholesale & Retail Sector; Mr. Busuyi Okeowo, the Chief Executive Officer, Ericso Foods Ltd., Chief Eric Umeofia, and the Managing Director, Elephant Group Nigeria Limited, Mr. Tunji Owoeye.
Also the Kebbi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Abubakar Muhammad Dandiga, and the Head of Marketing of Natnudo Foods, Mr. Noble Igbokwe.
Sterren, who will also speak about the focus on Smarter Farmers, said 80 per cent of the hungry people are farmers, maintaining that if they produce a bit more, not only hunger would be solved, “but we can also reach all 17 UN Sustainable Development goals. This world need leaders who focus on the empowerment of smallholder farmers by getting access to independent information.”