Nigeria Kick-Starts Agriculture Revolution
- Approves over $8 Billion US Dollars;
- States Governments seek foreign expertise;
June, 2009. Few years ago, a group of white Zimbabwe farmers
displaced by Mr. Robert Mugabe regime were rehabilitated in Nigeria
by Kwara State Government. The farmers were given farming lands and
have since started full-scale commercial farming in the country.
The success story of the white Zimbabwe
farmers is one of the factors that encouraged present Nigeria Government
to announce plans to revive agriculture as the bedrock of its economy.
The recent announcement includes the release of over $8.9 billion USD
to be distributed to State Governments and local commercial farmers.
The World Bank through the International
Donor Agency is to commit additional $150mUSD to the development of
commercial agriculture in Lagos and four other states in Nigeria.
The project is expected to spread within a period of five years, while
the other states to benefit include Cross Rivers, Enugu, Kaduna and
Some State Governments with the newly
approved capital outlay for Agriculture development are now in search
of foreign experts in commercial farming. Australian farmers and other
Agribusiness-related companies can take advantage of the incentives
on offer which include five years tax holidays, full ownership, financing
and land acquisition among others. Australian Agribusinesses that are
willing to settle-in are expected to replicate their technical expertise
and contribute to the revolution of agriculture in the country.
The Nigeria new initiative on Agriculture
comes as it tinkers with vision 2020 target to join top twenty economies
in the globe. On same breath, the government has realized that dependency
on oil as key source of revenue is very unpredictable coupled with recent
global push towards renewable sources of energy.
Nigeria is the biggest
English-speaking consumer market in Africa and Middle East with a population
of over 150 million people. According to CIA World Factbook, the total
land mass in Nigeria is 910,768 sq km and 33.02% of the total land is
arable. The World Bank in a recent report confirmed Nigeria as the number
one destination for Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) in Africa with
29.4 per cent; followed by South Africa with 18.2 per cent; Equatorial
Guinea 9.1 per cent; Angola 5.2 per cent; Chad 3.8 per cent; and other
sub-Saharan African countries with 34.3 per cent.
The Nigerian agribusiness sector offers low-cost market entry opportunities for Australian companies that want to partner with Nigeria State Governments or local farmers. Agribusiness consultants and resource personnel can participate in training workshops targeted at updating local knowledge base and best practice. OctoberFirst Consulting have direct contact with key partners and select State Governments in Nigeria. Interested companies or consultants can request for more information by email:firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.octoberfirst.com.au.
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