By Stanley Onyekwere
The 10th National Agricultural show kicked off yesterday with display of variety of agro-allied products and machineries amid funfair, adding value to this year’s World Food Day celebration.
The show, which is a five-day event is being staged on its ground located along Abuja-Keffi road, in Nasarawa State, with the theme:”Agriculture for Sustainable Economic Diversification And Growth.”
Our correspondent reports that it was actually the World Food Day that gave birth to the national Agric show, which started in 2007. The show is organized by National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria (NAFN) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN).
In his welcome address at the opening ceremony, Chairman,Senate Committee on Agriculture, Abdullahi Adamu, told the gathering that the showpiece is fashioned towards showcasing Nigeria’s enormous agricultural potentials, resources and products.
He, however, stressed the need for introduction of a fair pricing mechanism for Agricultural products and facilities, in order to encourage farmers and other stakeholders in the sector.
Similarly, President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Kabir Ibrahim, described the theme of this year’s show as apt, as it is the affirmation of their determination to identify with the agricultural programme of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s-led federal government.
According to him, the government’s agricultural initiatives are recording successes in food and fiber production and engaging the populace in the diversification process.
He assured that the agric showpiece provides a unique opportunity for participants and other stakeholders to establish business contacts and acquaintances.
Also speaking, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, expressed delighted that the show formed part of the activities for the celebration of 2017 world food day with the theme “change the future of migration: invest in food security and Rural development.”
The minister, who was represented by Dr Bukkar Hasan, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, said in a bid to drive agriculture as a business the ministry has assured the fast track implementation of eighteen number of agro-industrial estates, nine farmers market and eighty number one-stop-shop-input-centre project located across six geopolitical zones .
On his part, Country Director of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Suffyan Koroma stated the event presents the opportunity for its commitment to food security and sufficiency to liberate Nigeria from hunger.
Also, Governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who was represented by his Deputy, commended the organisers of the show for providing a platform for advancing development of agriculture.