The Managing Director of Fairtrade, a German international trade fair company, Mr Martin Marz, has expressed optimism that Nigeria still had the potential of becoming the world’s major food exporter.
He explained that there was every possibility for Nigeria to regain her position in food exportation with government’s commitment to bumper food production.
“Nigeria really have to go back to those years when she was heavily exporting food to other countries of the world.The Nigerian governments and private individuals and organisations should begin to work at repositing Nigeria’s agriculture sector to produce more food for home and this should be the plans for the coming years. More of Nigeria’s farm produce are needed in different countries today,’’ he said.
Marz, who was in Lagos to organise this year’s Agrofood and Plastprintpack Fair, said that it was important for Nigeria to also increase the development of her agribusinesses.
He called on the federal government to create awareness on the importance of agriculture and agribusinesses.
Marz said that for Nigeria to become self-sufficient and produce food for exportation, she needed to step up education and encourage the use of technology in the nation’s agriculture sector.
“Nigeria really needs to begin to give more priority to the development of agriculture, food processing, packaging and agribusinesses.
“The Nigerian governments need to also begin to encourage the training of Nigerians even as pupils in schools, give them the opportunities to study agricultural businesses, agricultural technology and other related areas,’’ he said.
Marz said that this year’s Agrofood and Plastprintpack trade fair in Lagos was an improvement over last years, as the number of international pavilions at the fair had increased from four to ten.