International agriculture technology exhibit opens in Nigeria

An international exhibition featuring advanced irrigation technologies, harvesting, greenhouse and other agriculture-related functions opened Tuesday in Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub.

Agriculture tractor plowing field

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Jatto Ohiare Badams, the Director of Agribusiness, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, said agriculture was the only panacea to rescue the dwindling financial fortunes of the country.

Agriculture tractor plowing fieldHe restated the government’s commitment to encouraging more Nigerian youths in the development of the nation’s agriculture sector.

The director told Xinhua that Nigeria was ready to tap agriculture development experiences from China in the production of more food for the people.

The event brought together over 50 firms and institutions from more than 20 countries and regions, including Spain, Italy, France and South Korea.

Most participating exhibitors are from the host country, Nigeria.

On the sidelines of the three-day exhibit, a series of seminars will be held on post-harvest methods and food security, milk safety, advanced agriculture and Nigeria’s agricultural cooperation with some countries.

The exhibition, which had been hosted in different parts of the world, was a platform for regional and international agricultural stakeholders to interact, David Ross, the event chief organizer said.

Agriculture provides employment for about 30 percent of the population. The sector is being transformed by commercialization at the small, medium and large-scale enterprise levels.

The main agricultural goods produced are yams, cassava, peanuts, millet, sorghum, rice, maize, okra, cocoa, palm oil, rubber, cattle, fish and timber. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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