By Amaechi Agbo
The federal government through the ministey of Agriculture and Rural Development, has agreed to partner the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) with investors from the Chinese government and Brains and Hammers to deepen water irrigation techniques and technologies to enhance crop production in Nigeria.
The minister, Alhaji Sabo Nanono said that the opportunities in agriculture abound and needed more partnerships, new approaches and modern technologies especially irrigation technologies to explore for crop production in all seasons.
The Minister disclosed this when he received in audience, a delegation from the Chinese Investors and Brains and Hammers through the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on a courtesy visit in Abuja over the weekend.
Nanono expressed delight over the collaborative effort, stating that the Ministry has always been interested in whatever intervention that will help in the development of the agricultural sector in Nigeria, particularly private sector driven.
The Minister acknowledged that the foundation of the development of the Chinese economy has been largely agriculture based, noting that the country is well known for huge production of beans, rice, sorghum and soya which are also cultivated mostly in northern parts of Nigeria.