In a typical Public-Private Partnership move, the Federal Government has revealed plans to establish Agricultural Industrial Parks (AIPs) in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The move is in furtherance of the government’s course to build capacity, ensure food security and create employment for youths in the country.
Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Shehuri who made the disclosure in Abuja, when he met with a delegation from Global Fortunes Ltd, noted that the government was ardent in embarking on projects that would elevate the nation’s economy.
He said, “Even with the huge infrastructural deficit in Nigeria, we can still embark on this project, because the government is focused on diversifying the Nigerian economy.”
Shehuri also pointed that the ministry has plans to model the parks after the Taraba State Agricultural Industrial Park, adding that he would be touring the park soon, with the relevant directors.
The Minister also enjoined collaborative efforts between the Federal Government and State Governments, in order to ensure the success of the project across the country.
Echoing his remarks, the Director, Department of Agribusiness, Dr. Aminu Babadi lauded the efforts of both parties in collaborating to improve the agri-economy, identifying space utilization and energy as the likely challenges to be encountered in the course of setting the venture.
On his part, Manager, Global Fortunes Ltd, Mr. Kidron Israel expressed optimism towards the project, stating that the company will maximize this opportunity to contribute its quota to the development of the economy.
He concluded by revealing that the firm has rolled out plans to ensure a paradigm shift from subsistence farming to mechanized agriculture.