The DG of the (LUGAVO) group, Halima Njobdi, in company of its business facilitator Mr. Sola Ajayi visited ARCN on the 8th of August, 2017 to solicit the Council’s collaboration in fostering value addition to the Livestock and Rice value chains in Nigeria.
The team was received by the ARCN Team comprising of Dr. C.E. Ikuenobe (Director, Knowledge Management Programme) who held brief for the Ag. Executive Secretary, Prof. A.A. Voh, Mr. Abubakar Arabo (Ag. Director, CSRS Programme), Mr. Ndirpaya Yarama D. (Ag. Director P&L Programme), Mr. Saidu Abubakar M. (Director, Admin & Finance), Mr. Edet Ekong (SA-Ag. Executive Secretary), Dr. Aliyu Madugu (Head CTR Programme), (Mrs. O.N. Mbadiwe (Head ICT), Mrs. N.E. Ihegwagu (Head of NRM), Mrs. Hadiza Yusuf (Head C&P) and Mr. Francis Aja (CTR Programme).
At the interactive meeting, the LUGAVO Team informed the ARCN Team that they were working on a project that sought to add appreciable value to the Livestock and Rice value chains. They pointed out the challenges in these value chains such as poor quality and insufficient production of meat, milk and hides and skins in the country, problems of transportation of livestock and wastages along both value chains. They stated that they intended to bring in private foreign investors (Italian Consortium of Investors) that would try to solve these problems by using existing modern techniques for animal breeding, milking, rice milling and processing, as well as best practices extension to the farmers involved in these value chains. These they said would help to generate jobs for Nigerians, boost food production, availability of raw materials, conversion of waste/byproducts to wealth and enabling these Nigerian products to compete well in the global markets.
At the end of the meeting, it was agreed by both parties that the LUGAVO Team should come up with a proposal on the issue indicating the terms of reference for the collaboration, which will form the basis for drafting of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be ratified by the Council before the project can effectively commence.