Crenov8 DMCC, a management consulting firm headquartered in Dubai, brought together stakeholders in Nigeria’s agriculture sector to highlight strategies that could be implemented to take advantage of opportunities available in the sector.
Participants at the meeting discussed strategies needed to highlight Nigeria’s agricultural presence in the Middle East Region, since agricultural products are central to Nigeria’s export industry.
The event which was tagged ‘Meet the Farmers Conference (MTFC)’, was organised to create a platform linking the African agricultural producers with the off-takers in the Middle East and beyond to effectively translate business deals.
During the meeting, Crenov8 Consulting Business Lead, Bola Oyedele said “indeed, it is discouraging to visit supermarkets in the UAE and have little or no representation of the nutrient-packed produce that come from the rich soils of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general”.
Given the contribution of the agricultural sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, Oyedele reveals it naturally fits into the MTFC model. He said “that is our reason for being here in order to have a useful conversation regarding what we need to do together to highlight Nigeria’s Agricultural presence in the Middle East Region, as Agricultural products are central to Nigeria’s export industry”.
Oyedele added that “agriculture contributes significantly to national food self-sufficiency by accounting for over 90 percent of total food consumption requirements, its help to maintain a healthy and peaceful population and also a source of food and nutrition for households”.
He reiterated that the agricultural sector remains one of the fundamental drivers of the strong Nigerian economy and noted that “meet the farmers conference (MTFC) is an agro conference that aims to connect large scale agro commodity producers from Africa to buyers within the GCC region using Dubai as a trade and logistic hub to form potential business partnerships across borders”.
Oyedele said the event will serve as a focal point where parties of interest can form strategic alliance with the Dubai government, local and foreign authorities, off takers, and financing institution, as well as optimize trade in the region.