Nigeria’s corporate billionaires go to farm

Daily Independent | 3 March 2014

“We will no longer manage poverty with agriculture; we will use agriculture to create the future millionaires and billionaires of Nigeria,” says Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina.

Nigeria’s corporate billionaires go to farm
 By Onche Odeh
 Call it a new dawn for agriculture in Nigeria and you just are right, as farming is no longer a venture reserved for the poor in Nigeria.
 Although this has been at the heart of the frequent sermons by the current Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, since he assumed leadership of the Ministry, it has often been regarded as political.
 During the week, it, however, became clear that the preaching of the Minister may have caught the heart of individual billionaires and corporate entities, who have taken the bold step of staking significant part of their resources and time into agriculture.
 Last week Monday, chief executive officers (CEOs) and representatives of private and government-supported businesses converged in Abuja where the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) of the Nigerian Agribusiness Group (NABG) was inaugurated.- See more at: http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/23222#sthash.zT1Pv0xE.dpuf

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