Sunday, 5 December, 2021 23:44

Dangote emerges overall winner of National Agric Show

The Dangote Industries Limited, DIL, has won the first position as Large Scale Farmer, at the just-concluded National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria show, tagged Agric show in Nasarawa as well as another award for being co-sponsor of the event held along Km 28, Abuja-Keffi High Way
President/CE, Dangote Industries Limited, DIL, Aliko Dangote is a major sponsor of the annual event aimed at improving Nigerian agriculture-value chain approach to agricultural development, public-private partnerships in agricultural development, farmer business management, agriculture nutrition, and health
Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule said his administration will continue to implement agricultural policies and programmes for the benefit of farmers
Dangote Industries Limited won the awards in recognition of its contributions to agricultural development in Nigeria and impacting the Agricultural Foundation in Nasarawa State
Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Agricultural Foundation, NAFN, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu said at the closing ceremony of the 5- Day event, that “Dangote has added value to agriculture in Nigeria”
He reiterated that the foundation is a collaborative effort between All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Nasarawa State Government (NSSG), and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture  and Rural Development, geared towards showcasing Nigeria’s abundant agricultural potentials, resources, and products, consolidating past achievements and identifying challenges facing the sector for a way forward
President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote in a goodwill message commended small-holder farmers for playing a critical role in food production
Representative of the Group, Bello Dan-Musa said  Dangote is committed to the development of agriculture to create jobs and enhance food security
Hence, Dangote Fertiliser Limited rolled out over 5, 000 trucks of the commodity into markets since production and sales in June, to meet expectations of farmers for a bumper harvest
The Dangote Sugar Refinery situated in Tunga, Awe, Local Government Area of Nasarawa  state, started operations in 2018 as part of the Backward Integrated Project of the Sugar Master plan of Federal Government and aims at promoting employment, development of rural road network, conserving foreign exchange and enhancing skills acquisition and local content amongst others
In the area of corporate social responsibility, DIL constructed 10 Solar powered boreholes, 3 blocks of 4 classrooms, an ICT centre, immunization centre and award of scholarships to host communities in Nasarawa State
DIL is also constructing Rice mills and silos worth millions across various states in the north
The apex body of farmers, The All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, said it would ensure Federal Government’s extant agricultural policies impact positively on welfare and fortunes of Nigerian farmers
The national coordinator of the event Dr. Samuel Negedu said the theme of NAFN was chosen in recognition of the efforts of small-holder farmers to meet over 90 percent staple food needs of Nigeria.

Author: Ifah Sunday Ele

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