The agriculture sector provides sufficient opportunities for Nigeria to diversify her economy, making it less susceptible to the volatility of oil prices. In pursuing its new agro-centric policy, the present government has intervened through several measures.
In recent times, the government has begun to deploy a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model to develop the agriculture sector. These attempts are gaining ground as some projects have earnestly commenced, with others recently completed.
This has already cascaded to the state levels as we have seen some states driving economic revolution in agriculture through private partnerships. A recent example was the Kebbi State Government’s partnership with GB foods to build a N20 billion Tomato Processing Factory. It is the only fully backwardly-integrated tomato processing plant in the ECOWAS region, serviced by the largest single tomatoes farm in Nigeria.
The world-class factory and adjoining farm include drip irrigation infrastructure, greenhouses, seed planting robots, incubation chambers, and an abundance of agricultural machinery. The farm will serve a dual purpose – it will produce industrial tomatoes in the dry season and soya beans in the raining season. This Day