Nigeria Will Rely More On Agriculture As Crude Oil Price Drops Internationally Says Export Promotion Council By Umar Faruq Usman,Dutse
As Crude Oil drops internationally, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council has discovered that agricultural produce exportation will now gain ground, the produce such as Gum Arabic ,Zobo, Rice, Moringa and all other agricultural cash crops and even food crops will yield the needed revenue when exported outside.
According to experts during a two day workshop organised for farmers and business groups in Jigawa state said agricultural produce which include Sesame and Zobo as well as other solid minerals are abundant in Jigawa state.
Jigawa State Chamber Of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture who organised the one day workshop for farmers and exporters in Jigawa State which was held at Jigawa NYSC Orientation camp said the workshop was organised for was organised to farmers with a view to educate them and informed them about the importance of exportation and importation due to the falling price of Crude Oil at the international market
In his speech the Chief Executive Officer Nigerian Export Promotion Council Mr Olusegun Awolowo at the workshop on processing and marketing of non oil commodities for export said Jigawa state being an agrarian state is noted for the production of some cash crops such Sesame seed, Gum Arabic, Hibiscus Flower and Dates as part of cooperate objective to promote the development of non oil export.
Adding further he said that the Nigerian Export Promotion Council Kano Zonal Office has identified the need to improve on the processing and marketing of these products so as to comply with global best practice and increased the acceptability and value of these commodities at the international market arena.
The Nigerian economy today which is at the threshold of its dependence on oil for the much needed revenue for national development is no more sustainable due to the persistence of drop in the price of crude oil and the devaluation of naira against the major world currencies is a wakeup call to this reality.
Assuring that the non oil sector will be playing a major role in bridging the gap through effective and efficient collaboration with the organisation in ensuring that exportable quality commodities are produced, as he said that NEPC is now seriously focussing on value for both new and existing products to address supply based constraints by embarking on projects that provide quality infrastructure for export production in the country.
Awolowo said that warehouses and all collection centres between Nigeria and Niger Republic will be located at Kwani and Maradi in Niger republic as well as Illela and Jibiya in Nigeria respectively, as he also said that this a collective effort between the government of Nigeria and Niger republic in collaboration with state government and other stakeholders in where the centres will be used cited and used as a collection centre for the country.
According to him the council will utilised the services of film industries as a tool of disseminating information outside the country by designing a special programmes particularly to develop the promotion as it will employ the services of film known as Nollywood and Kannywood as well as the Nigeria music industries.
He also commended the Jigawa State Chamber Of Commerce and Industry for organising the workshop and the support given to them by the Ministry Of Commerce assuring that the cooperation between Kano Zone and Jigawa Office will remain intact as the relationship will be maintained for the benefit of two sister states.