WAAS 2020 will make West Africa an investment hub for agribusiness

Report by Dr Akpan Samuel

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All is set for the grand unveiling of the first edition of the West Africa Agribusiness Show (WAAS) slated for 18th – 20th February 2020 in Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria. This was revealed by the organisers of the event at the press conference held at the WAAS secretariat located at 11 Abiodun Shobajo street, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos State on Tuesday 11th February 2020.

The chief convener of the event, Mr Idowu Asenuga, while fielding questions from newsmen during the press show stated that the main aim of WAAS is to make West Africa an investment hub for agriculture and allied sectors.

According to Mr Asenuga, the agricultural sector represents approximately 35 % of West Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 60 % of its active labour force, adding that the economic recovery of the region included a GDP growth of 3.9 % in 2019.

“It is my belief that the new experiences which participants will gain in the course of this show will lead to improved management of existing small, medium and large scale farming concerns in the different areas of agriculture like arable farming, poultry, snailery, piggery, aquaculture, and others”, said Asenuga.

He went further to state that participants would have the opportunity to create and enhance their brand visibility, as well as establish business alliances with potential partners, while also gaining from the high level panel discussions aimed at solving the challenges of export, standards, policies and other problems bedevilling the region’s agricultural sector.

Mr Asenuga thanked some of the sponsors of the show which includes Access Bank, Salmate International, Interswitch, Livestock Feeds and Grand Cereals, for keeping faith and supporting the course of agricultural revolution in Africa; while soliciting the support of the media, agricultural practitioners and stakeholders to make the event a memorable, impactful and sustainable one.

Agricultural innovators, product research institutions, decision makers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers and buyers are expected from all around the world, and in particular West African countries of Nigeria, Cape Verde, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Togo, Mali, Niger, Cote de voire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Benin Republic, to grace the 3 days event.

Present at the media briefing were representatives of the sponsor organisations, the WAAS 2020 project team led by Mrs Ope Ladipo, as well as newsmen from notable media outlets including; Livestonews, The Punch, ThisDay, Nigerian Tribune, Daily Sun, TVC News, AgroNigeria, and Farmers Advice Digest. LIVESTONEWS.



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