France Partners kwara Govt. on Agribusiness Development
The Regional Agricultural Counsellor for Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo at the French Embassy, Dr. Sonia Darracq, has described the recently launched Kwara State Agricultural Transformation Plan as “the best possible strategic plan in terms of agribusiness development”.
Darracq, said this during her visit to Kwara State.
She stated that; “It goes deeply through all sectors and value chains, including the education and training aspects. From it, any potential investor certainly feels reassured and comforted that Kwara is an agribusiness friendly state. It encourages investors to come and see by themselves,”
According to her, plans are underway by French private companies to partner Kwara State government in different fields of agriculture such as livestock, agricultural equipment and machinery and other area of the value chains.
“As the business environment is safe in Kwara, some French companies are already willing to start building a win-win public-private-partnerships in areas related to livestock (veterinary, feeding, processing, logistics, etc.); agricultural equipment and machinery for all value chains (processing, packaging, cold chain, etc.); irrigation systems: expansion (technical cooperation) and equipment; post-harvest issues and agro logistic hubs,” she said.
“Developing a network of agro-logistic hubs could drastically decrease post-harvest losses, contribute to structuring agricultural sectors and improve food safety and security.
Darracq, who was taken to some parts of the state by the Technical Assistant to the Governor on Agric Abdulquawiy Olododo, explained that the cooperation in Technical Agriculture Education between the French Network of Technical Agriculture Colleges and the similar institutions in Kwara, will be strengthened. That the partnership will also involve several stakeholders within and outside the academic, including in the area of vocational trainings.
She said the collaboration with Kwara State started in February 2020 when Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq attended the Paris International Agriculture Show.
In her words “When the Governor visited the Paris International Agriculture Show in February 2020, we then had the opportunity to exchange ideas about the many agricultural sectors France and Kwara State may be interested in working together.
“But our activities were distracted by the critical consequences of the pandemic on a huge part of the population in Nigeria. However, working ways reorganised and reinvented, and when he recently visited the French Ambassador, His Excellency proposed to begin working on our cooperation in the agribusiness sector by a visit of the French Agriculture Counsellor to Kwara State.” She added.
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