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Dutch-Nigeria Partnership: Netherlands seek stronger ties with Nigeria on agricultural cooperation

By Lawrence Audu

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Minister of agriculture Audu Ogbeh in a group photograph with the Dutch delegation who paid him a visit Tuesday 26th March, 2019.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has restated it’s commitment to revive the textile industry through the use of BT COTTON seeds.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Chief Audu Ogbeh stated this Tuesday in Abuja while playing host to a delegation of the Kingdom of Netherlands. 

The mission of the delegation is in line with strengthening the bilateral relationship between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Chief Ogbeh who spoke about recent efforts by the Federal Government of Nigeria to revive its textile industry through the use of BT COTTON seeds with better yields, said there have been discussions with VLISCO from the Netherlands in this regard.

“Let us all push together to revive the industry. The ministry will help the Dutch team to identify credible and committed private partners for your investments”.

Speaking during the visit, Mr. Bram Wits, Dutch Agricultural Counsellor, West Africa said: “Netherlands is a world player in Agriculture, one of biggest exporters of Agricultural produce in the world despite it’s small size. One in four vegetables you eat are either from Holland or the seeds were.

“This gives us a responsibility to contribute to the huge global feeding challenges in a sustainable manner. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is the most significant partner to us in Nigeria. The Nigerian private sector as well must be engaged and partnered with to drive the success of programmes and production of quality input”.

in his remarks, the Minister of State, Heineken Lokpobiri described the focus on quality inputs as a good thing. He also harped on support for research and increase in the level of research and technology development.

The meeting discussed collaborations in Agriculture between both countries to strengthen especially the Nigerian seed sector through knowledge and capacity building and through the adaptation of modern Dutch technology to improve the quality of seed.

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