Africa has the potential to become a net exporter of agricultural commodities, replacing imports worth more than 110 billion dollars, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said in a statement. The statement was issued by its Communication and External Relations Department.
According to the bank, the continent can also double its market share for select processed commodities.
The bank said Africa’s agribusiness sector was predicted to reach one trillion dollars by 2030, describing it as the next “oil sector”.
According to the statement, Nigeria is in a position to provide leadership in Africa’s agribusiness sector.
It explained that this was necessary because of its vast agricultural resources and existing drive to transform its subsistence agriculture economy into a major global player.
To this end, AfDB said that it had concluded plans to host an investment forum on its Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) initiative in Abuja on April 30.
It explained that SAPZs had been designed to concentrate on agro-processing activities within areas of high agricultural potential in order to increase productivity and competitiveness.
The bank said the forum would update stakeholders on the progress made in the establishment of SAPZs and to secure the commitment of key agribusiness companies and banks.
It added that part of it would be planning, investment and implementation of priority SAPZs in Nigeria.