A consulting and digital technology firm in the Middle East and Africa, Crenov8 Consulting, has made moves to create market linkage between Nigerian farmers and buyers in Dubai and other parts of Africa.
In line with this initiative, Crenov8 has announced October 10 as the day it would assemble farmers in an export forum tagged, ‘Meet the Farmers Conference’, with the theme, ‘The Future of Agribusiness’.
During a media launch in Lagos, the firm explained that MTFC aimed to connect large scale agro commodity producers to buyers from the Middle East.
It disclosed that key stakeholders from Africa and the Gulf Cooperation Council will come together during a one-day event to network, collaborate and form potential business partnerships across borders to ensure food security in the Middle East and promote agribusiness in Africa.
“More importantly, African farmers, participants, exhibitors and delegates at the event will be able to leverage the business opportunities available to them in Dubai and other GCC countries,” it said.
The event according to them is held in collaboration with a Geo Travel and Tours and other stakeholders.
The Organiser, MTFC, Bola Oyedele, who was represented by the Business Development Consultant from Creanov8, Gbemi Ajide, said, “MTFC is targeted at both large and small small-scale farmers to tap into the $100bn market in Dubai.
We are partnering relevant stakeholders across with the Bank of Agriculture; Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment; Federal Ministry of Agriculture as well as the private sector, with the likes of Farmcrowdy and AFEX, to help us aggregate farmers to export AFRIC produce to the United Arab Emirates.”
On his part, the Executive Director, Finance and Risk Management, Bank of Agriculture, Prince Niyi Akenzua, said that the MTFC was a good initiative that must be sustained until it achieved its stated aims in linking Nigerian agribusiness owners with the UAE market.
The President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Babatunde Ruwase, said that the MTFC would further encourage more stakeholders to invest in agriculture and help build trade ties with the UAE .
The Chief Executive Officer, Farmcrowdy, Onyeka Akumah, praised the MTFC initiative, saying that the conference would go a long way in bringing agric stakeholders in Africa together.
“It will enable them to link every step of the agricultural value chain under one umbrella, where all sectors can discuss the crucial issues in agriculture, find innovative solutions to them and most importantly, benefit from each other,” Akumah said.
Lauding the initiative, the Country Manager, AFEX Commodities Exchange, Ayodeji Balogun, said AFEX was pleased to partner the MTFC project as it would unlock the potential market of agribusiness across the value chain in Nigeria and the Middle East.
The MTFC is equally supported by the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture; Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture; Nigerian Export-Import Bank, among others.