Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) Appoints ABG Paulas
International Germany, As Consultants In Diaspora.
The Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) has appointed ABG Paulas International, Germany, as its Consultant in the Diaspora. The appointment followed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the two parties in Abuja, at the weekend. The Executive Secretary of the Council, Professor Garba Sharabutu and the Director Administration ARCN, Dr. Edeki John Enesi signed for the ARCN, while the Managing Director of ABG Paulas, Mr. Ambrose Okojie, and the Executive Director of the international organization, Chief Charles Ozoemena, signed for the Nigerian- German-based firm. Speaking at the Signing ceremony, the Executive Secretary of ARCN, Professor Sharabutu explained that the appointment of ABG Paulas was in sync with some of the mandates of the Council, which authorised ARCN to seek international collaborators in sourcing for funding and international relationships that can advance research in Agriculture and achieve food security for the country. “We are seeking the assistance of International Consultants because as a corporate entity, we cannot on our own begin to go from one place or the other to seek for funds. The best we can do is to write proposals and send them to Donor Agencies, or where we cannot reach out, we seek the collaboration of Consultants to assist us source for funding.
This is why we sought to collaborate with ABG Paulas International, Germany for them to assist us” “ABG Paulas International is very experienced in that area. They have studied the situation in Nigeria and they felt as Nigerians they have a responsibility to contribute their own quota in advancing Agriculture in Nigeria. “Based on a protracted discussion and negotiation with them and haven studied their profile and haven established the fact that they are highly reliable and competent to assist us, we have considered it as very very useful to partner with them”, he clarified. Responding, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of ABG Paulas, Mr Ambrose Okojie thanked the Management of ARCN for reposing confidence in the company and for the appointment as its Consultants in Diaspora. He said that the desire of ABG Paulas is to support the Federal Government, using Agriculture not only to achieve food security but also create massive jobs that would stop the growing exodus of the Nigerian youths who are risking their lives to trek across the Sahara Deserts to the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Europe in search of better opportunities. The Executive Director of ABG Paulas, Chief Charles Ozoemena while speaking, assured the Management of ARCN the commitment of the company to deliver on all the promises made by The Nigerian German firm, in accordance with the spirit and principles of the MOU signed.
Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, backs 1st international Potato and Root Crops Expo, jos
The Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, has approved the hosting of the 1st International Potato Value chain and other Root Crops Conference and Exhibition scheduled to hold from September 14 to 16, 2021 in Jos the Plateau State Capital. The Exposition is being organized by ABG Paulas in partnership with the Plateau State Government and Grimme, Germany. The Minister gave his full backing in a letter written to the Managing Director of ABG Paulas, organizers of the conference and expo, dated 30th April 2021. According to the letter signed on behalf of the Minister by Engineer AG Abubakar, “The Ministry is delighted to convey the approval of the Honorable Minister for the International Potato Value Chain and Root crops summit scheduled to hold from September 14th to 16th 2021 at Jos Plateau State. The event is scheduled to open up investment opportunities, create jobs for stakeholders and facilitate increased production as well as food and nutrition security” In a statement released to the Media by ABG Paulas and signed by its Executive Director, Strategy, Communication and Media, Charles Ozoemena, participants and exhibitors of the Expo are drawn from the local and international stakeholders in the Agricultural sector, both the public and the private, from local and international organizations.
Some of the local and international organizations that have endorsed this International Expo include: German Agribusiness Alliance, African Union (AU), Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, (ARCN), Daily Trust Newspapers, Nigeria in Diaspora Organization, (NIDO), Germany, office of the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, and the Plateau State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PLACCIMA). The aim of the Exposition is to mobilize the private sector to invest in the Nigerian Potato and root crops value chain including that of the seed value chain covering production, preservation, processing, promotion and packaging. Similarly, participants are expected to define a pragmatic and achievable roadmap for the full development of the multi billion Dollars value chain, which is yet untapped by the private sector. Potato is the third most consumed food crop globally coming after rice and wheat. Over a billion people worldwide, consume Potato, according to International Potato Centre, Peru. Nigeria is the 4th largest producer of Potato in the Sub-Saharan Africa and the 7th largest producer in Africa, On Sweet Potato Nigeria produces 3.93MT of sweet potato annually, the largest producer in Sub Saharan Africa and the 2nd largest producer in the world. This is in spite of the fact that Nigerian farmers use subsistence tools to cultivate the root crops