BY JUMOKE OWOOLA
LCCI LOOKS UP TO AGRICULTURE REVIVAL
Chief Mrs. Nike Akande, LCCI President
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry(LCCI) will on  8th December,  hold its National Agriculture Stakeholders Summit  at the LCCI  conference and exhibition center in Ikeja, Lagos with the theme:  WALKING HAND IN HAND TO MOVE AGRICULTURE FORWARD.
   
The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh is the special guest of honour, while Chief Mrs. Nike Akande, LCCI President will be the chief hostess.
               
In line with  the Federal Government intention towards attaining food security, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has advocated that greater attention should be focused on developing the various agricultural value chains to improve farmers’ access to critical inputs as well as improved and more favourable access to finance and to markets, both locally and for exports.

        
On many occasions, LCCI has  emphasised the need for agro-allied processing noting that significant foreign exchange could be earned by a focused policy and strategy to empower local farmers and processors to attain minimum international quality standard for agricultural products and access to foreign markets.
   
“ Re-balancing the economy for a more vibrant export sector can only be achieved through the provision of the required enabling environment that will spur and redirect resources toward an export-led growth.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the investment conference organised by the LCCI recently, the Vice-President and Chairman, Trade Promotion Board of the chamber, Sola Oyetayo stated that the conference reaffirmed the importance of a holistic economic blueprint that will provide the right set of incentives to both local and international investors toward making Nigeria a competitive destination for investment inflows and improving the ease of doing business.

“A significant improvement in investment in the sector would improve on the per-hectare use of fertilizers, irrigation and mechanization so as to significantly improve agricultural productivity, thereby curbing rural-urban migration. Agricultural sector remained an important sector in providing jobs to the teeming youth and ensuring food security.
“Investments in commercial agriculture offers a great window of opportunity which should be exploited to the fullest, alongside encouraging and empowering small and medium scale farmers”, he noted.

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