Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
Oyo State government will on Thursday and Friday October 11 and 12, 2018, hold an agriculture investment summit with the theme: “Transforming Oyo State’s Agriculture and Agro –Allied Industry: Private Sector Participation”.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr. Oyewole Oyewumi, who made the disclosure, said the venue of the maiden agriculture summit, which has over 10 Keynote Speakers/Panelists, 35 exhibitors, 300 delegates and over 2000 visitors, is the Conference Centre, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Oyo Road, Ibadan.
He said the state’s agriculture summit became imperative in order to bridge the gap among farmers, agricultural producers, agro-allied industries, research institutes, government, agricultural banks and private companies.
He explained that Oyo State Agriculture Investment Summit (OYSAIS) is a collaboration between Oyo State Government and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
Oyewumi stated that Oyo State Agriculture Investment Summit (OYSAIS) is aimed to trigger the industrial age of Oyo State Agric-businesses and agro-allied sector, explaining that the summit will complement the efforts of the state government in its AgricOyo programme, the agricultural land policy and other agriculture programmes to position the state as the food basket of the country.
The Commissioner said OYSAI is designed to attract private sector finance and investment companies, infrastructure expert fund managers, International Development Banks, potential agriculture investors, agro-allied industry and all stakeholders in the agriculture business in the state in order to usher in fresh approach to agriculture in the state.
He added that the summit, which is supported by Private Equity Firms, Commercial Banks, Leading Agricbusiness Companies, Investment and Finance Companies, International Aid Organisations, Insurers and Government Agencies, will also seek to address key agricultural productivity like finance, market access, research, infrastructure, mechanization, ICT, youth, gender and policies.
Oyewumi disclosed that the keynote speakers include Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Chairman of BAT Foundation, Kola Jamodu, MD/CEO of Sterling Bank Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, Director, AFDB, Mr. Ebrima Faai, MD, Bank of Industry, Mr. Kayode Pitan, Group Vice President of Dangote Industries Limited, Mr. Sani Dangote, MD, Flour Mills of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Gbadebo and Deputy Director IITA, Kenton Dashiell
The commissioner said the summit is free for exhibitors of agricultural produce, adding that Folashade Joseph of NAIC, Ayodeji Balogun of AFEX, Venkataramani S. of Olam Nigeria, Mr. Bolaji Akinboro of Cellulant, will also serve as keynote speakers.