Oyo will host the 2022 Southwest Agriculture and Mineral Resources Show


The second edition of the Southwest Local Government Agricultural and Mineral Resources Fair will be held in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo, from September 2 to 11, 2022.

Delight Owoyemi, co-founder of BTG Africa, organizer of the event, revealed this on Thursday during the unveiling of the program schedule in Ibadan.

While highlighting the success recorded with the first edition held in Osun in 2021, Owoyemi said the fair will create wealth and employment opportunities for the states in the region.

The unveiling took place in the presence of the presidents of the local governments, as well as representatives of the state governments of the Southwest region.

Speaking at the event, Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo, said that as part of efforts to reposition agriculture in the state, the government has sent officials to the Netherlands to hold discussions with the Dutch government on developing the agricultural potential of Oyo.

Makinde, who was represented by Idowu Ogedengbe, his executive deputy, said the state government sees the fair as a pathway to economic development, adding that the state has several mineral resources waiting to be exploited.

“Our goal is to focus on critical sectors that will boost the state’s gross domestic product. We have huge arable land, so we are repositioning our agricultural development plan to attract key players in the sector,” he said.

“The trade fair is considered important as it will serve as a link with some economic development plans. Our officials are currently in the Netherlands for a meeting with their government on how they can help us develop our vast agricultural potential. »

He added that the state has trained over 10,000 youths in various aspects of agriculture.

At the event, Yemi Farounbi, former Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines, urged governments at all levels to boost the agricultural sector.

“In 1970, Nigeria and Malaysia were at the same level of development but while Malaysia has developed its agriculture to build its economy, Nigeria depends solely on the export of crude oil and remains a consumer nation. Today, Malaysia’s economy has grown as we retreat,” he said.

“Nigeria has no working refineries, so it exports its crude oil and imports crude products. However, Venezuela, another oil producing country, has 27 refineries and only exports processed oil for a margin higher beneficiary.

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