Netherlands pledges support for Nigeria’s food production


Kingdom of Netherlands has pledged to assist Nigeria to deepen growth of the agricultural sector to boost the country’s food production.

“We are the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world. We, therefore, think that we have some knowledge and know-how that we can and want to share with Nigerian farmers,’’ Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria, John Groffen said.
The Dutch government also assured of her readiness to support the government of Nigeria on her agricultural policies especially the immediate-past administration’s agricultural transformation agenda of the new administration would continue it.

 Groffen, noted that the country has abundance potentials in agriculture but have not been unlocked.

“As we all know, food is what every human needs for survival. We strongly believe that agricultural development is the key to unlocking Nigeria’s potential.

“Nigeria is a place that is intended for agricultural development and good food production. The agriculture development potential in Nigeria is enormous.

“Our attention goes to the agricultural transformation of the previous Nigerian government. We hope that this will continue with the present administration,’’ he said.

Nigeria’s agriculture sector was still being faced with some challenges and some Dutch agricultural companies are planning supports for Nigerian farmers in their operations.

Part of the support was a recent visit by a Dutch agricultural companies’ delegation to Nigeria to interact and share technical know-how with Nigerian farmers.

“Dutch agricultural companies are more than willing to share their farming experiences in boosting food production with Nigerian farmers.

Groffen expressed optimism that the planned agricultural development cooperation with Nigeria would also afford Dutch farmers the opportunity to learn some farming operations from their Nigerian counterparts. 

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