Agro Renewal Movement International (ARMI) Limited, in collaboration with Agro Empire Estate, has implemented an agro-allied and processing project in Ogun State to transform and boost the agric sector.
According to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, ARMI, Mustafa Moshood Adedapo, the project, which sits on 500 acres of farmland, would provide farmers, technicians and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector the opportunity to invest in plantain, livestock and other crops, plant and animal breeding, processing, storage and packaging, as well as artificial dams for irrigation, among others.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of the green estate, Adedapo highlighted the problems facing the sector in Nigeria, ranging from lack of mechanisation, inadequate capital, poor research activities, inadequate transport system and logistics, prevalence of pest and diseases, poor conservation, lack of technical know-how, unattractive agricultural system, poor storage and constant droughts.
Adedapo added that the project would not only boost agriculture in Nigeria, but also ensure the produce are of export standards, thereby making the country an agro-tourism spot.
“The Agro Empire Estate was born out of the desire to make agriculture not just profitable but sustainable for many decades. Bearing in mind that agriculture is not a get-rich-quick business; it needs strategic foresight, availability of tools and machineries, good agronomic practices, storage facilities, well-structured market and distribution (logistics) systems, as well as processing centres, before we can confidently say agriculture can be profitable and sustainable.
“We need to make sure that as we are building our future together and we are building the agricultural sector, we want to make sure it is inclusive, especially with the involvement of youths and women.
“Food security is not just making sure there is enough to eat in just one place, we want to make sure that the system works and the connection to logistics works, that access to the market works and that our farmers are empowered and making enough money,” he added.