“The problem of food security and related issues in Africa, especially the sub-Saharan region can be solved by the aggregation of relevant and critical stakeholders in the agricultural sector”. This message was given by the convener of the West African Agribusiness Show (WAAS), Mr. Idowu Asenuga, in interaction with pressmen at WAAS Secretariat on Tuesday 11th February 2020.
Agribusiness in Nigeria is a topic that Mr. Asenuga, the CEO of Agri Supplies Nigeria Limited, is very passionate about. The company has been scheming over the last two years to reposition the agribusiness space in Nigeria through the much talked about West Africa Agribusiness Show (WAAS). He asserted that issues bordering on agricultural export, standards, quality assurance, as well as production scale-up can be resolved when all industry stakeholders (including practitioners, consumers, policymakers, regulatory agencies, etc.) can interact, listen to each other’s views, find common ground, and act cohesively to chart the way forward for the agribusiness sector. This, he said, is the motivation behind the event which is being planned to create a platform for the exhibition of new innovations and robust interactions in Agribusinesses.
He solicited the cooperation of the press and the entire populace especially those in the relevant sectors, in ensuring that the gains of the event would be achieved. He also announced that the event would now be organized annually while promising that it will greatly contribute to accelerating the positive food revolution in Africa.
The WAAS show is scheduled for 18th-20th February 2020, at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Also present at the press briefing were the event sponsors which include UAC Livestock Feeds, Access Bank, Inter switch and Salmate; as well as media partners Agro Nigeria, BusinessDay, The Punch, Vanguard, Livestonews.com, Nigerian Tribune, and Farmers Advice Digest (FAD).
Written by Dr. Samuel Akpan