Kogi Govt. to evolve Cassava Value Chain Policy, organise mini-summit
The Kogi Government has partnered with Synergos Nigeria to evolve a Cassava Value Chain policy as part of efforts to reposition the agriculture sector in line with the Federal Government’s policy.
Synergos Nigeria’s Field Manager for Kogi, Benue and Kaduna states, Mr Victor Adejoh, while implementing the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) disclosed in Lokoja on Monday that Kogi had concluded arrangements to organise a Mini Summit on Cassava from where the policy would evolve.
While disclosing that the summit was a brainchild of the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG) and Agricultural Innovation Group (AIG) of the SPA, he added that it would also help to reposition the state on the world map in Cassava Value Chain as well as promote the sector towards diversification of the economy.
“The mini-summit will through a participatory and inclusive panellist engagement, elicit inclusive steps to evolve a Cassava Value Chain Policy to position Kogi on the world map in the Cassava Value Chain,” he said.
He further said that the Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with key ministries, departments and Agencies of government and non-state actors in the Cassava value chain were promoters of the mini Cassava summit, which is fixed to hold on January 24.
Participants at the Summit will include Kogi Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Development Project (ADP), Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the State Bureau for Public Private Partnership (BPPP).
Others are Kogi Chapter of AFAN, FADAMA, Nigerian Cassava Growers Association, CrestAgro Farms Ltd., Unicane Ltd, Bank of Agriculture, NIRSAL, Kogi Network of NGOs, Kogi Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agricultural (KOCIMMA), Federal Ministry of Environment and Small-Scale Women Farmers Organization of Nigeria (SWOFON).