Plans are on to successfully organise an Agricultural Investment Summit for the promotion of agricultural potentials of Akwa Ibom to the outside world.
The arrow head of the event and managing director of Tafric Invest, Engineer Ntiense Ubon Israel, who made the disclosure in Uyo, recently, said the event is intended to promote the rich agricultural potentials of the state to the world to attract genuine investors.
Israel noted that the programme to be staged in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, between October and November this year in conjunction with the Directorate of Agricultural Investment of Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation and Tafric Invest Nigeria Limited, would be attended by the leading agricultural research institutes, and agricultural manufacturing companies within and outside Nigeria.
He noted that Agro Invest was a way of contributing to the agricultural growth and development of the state since the event would feature the exhibition of various agricultural produce in the state to the world.
His words, “This is a summit that will help to showcase the agricultural development of Akwa Ibom State to the world, which will in turn attract investors from across the globe to the state.”
The agricultural conference and exhibition, he said, could have been staged last year but for the global Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the theme for the summit is, “Investments in the Agricultural Value Chain for Food Security.”
Said he, “We don’t call it South-South Agric Expo but Agro Invest Conference and Exhibition to be driven as an Akwa Ibom Agricultural Agenda for the world to see and pick interest in the types of agricultural endowment that we are blessed by nature.”
Describing agriculture as a long term investment that calls for patience by farmers, Israel said it should not only be left to government alone, saying it demands active participation of all and sundry for the best to be achieved in the state.
Israel, whose company is involved in the processing of cassava into garri, odourless fufu and conversion of dried cassava peels into animal feeds, called on the people of the state to embrace modern agricultural practices for food sufficiency to be accomplished in the state.