Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, and the National Cereal Research Institute, NCRI has planned to host a bi-annual exhibition to explore improved technologies for agricultural production.
The council, in a statement noted that the exhibition would lead to national self-sufficiency in food and industrial raw materials.
Executive Director of the NEPC Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, was quoted as saying that during his visit to NCRI the exhibition would also facilitate the exportation of goods from the country to another country.
He said that the event would provide a veritable platform for stakeholders in the non-oil sector to exchange ideas.
According to him, “The event will provide a veritable platform for stakeholders in the non-oil sector to exchange ideas and showcase their products. It will also provide programmes and projects with a view to attracting partnership, local and foreign investors to boost activities in the non-oil export sector,.”
It said that the visit was to have a robust interface and synergy with relevant stakeholders, to achieve the council’s mandate of developing and promoting non-oil exports.
It further stated that the current economic realities occasioned by the falling global crude oil prices and lack of patronage by major oil consuming nations like the U.S. led to a corresponding dwindle in revenue accruable to Nigeria.
The statement added, “This has made it imperative that the country diversify its economic base towards making the non-oil sector a major driver for the Nigerian economy.”
The statement also noted that the NEPC Executive Director as saying that the council was adopting strategies that would ensure the country diversified its productive base.
“Diversifying the nation’s productivity base will make Nigeria one of the leading nations in the production of agricultural commodities and global marketing” it said.
Responding, the Acting Executive Director of NCRI, Dr Lawrence Ogunremi, said that several value-added products had been developed over the years to boost export to countries that had similar food habit and culture with Nigeria.
Ogunremi explained that the institute would collaborate with NEPC on the production of instant cereal breakfast (Porridge) and Soybean seasonings (Soyabean Dadawa).
He affirmed that they would collaborate in the production of high-protein energy weaning foods and low glycemic `acha-based’ products for people with special health needs.
Ogunremi further said that the products have shown high consumer preference and acceptability while their production he said is highly profitable with the availability of raw materials locally.

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