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Africa’s Incorporated Society of Planters launched, plans value addition for farmers

The Incorporated Society of Planters (ISP), African Chapter, has been launched in Abuja with the aim of promoting value addition in agriculture and also advancing the general interests of the planting profession.

Speaking at the launch of the ISP African Chapter in Abuja, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, said the occasion marks a major milestone in the development of the agricultural sector not only in Nigeria but across the African continent.

He said the establishment of the association underlines the collective commitment in advancing the interests of planters and promoting sustainable agricultural practices that are critical to the prosperity and well-being of our people.

“Agriculture remains the backbone of our economy, providing livelihoods to millions of farmers and contributing significantly to our country’s food security, economic growth and social development.

“The theme of today’s launch ‘sustainable plantation agriculture for Africa’s future’ resonates with our national priority and ambitions,” the minister said.

In his Keynote address, the Embed Advisor (Stakeholder Engagement & Partnerships) African Development Bank (AfDB), Richard-Mark Mbaram, said the launch of the ISP Africa Chapter is perfectly aligned with the Bank’s objectives.

He said that by bringing together agricultural experts, industry stakeholders, policy makers and researchers, the ISP fosters a collaborative environment that promotes innovation, knowledge sharing and adoption of sustainable practices in agriculture.

Mbaram further stated that by supporting initiatives such as the ISP Africa Chapter, the AfDB aims to use agricultural development as a catalyst for broader economic transformation across the continent.

“Our goal is to modernize agriculture by introducing advanced agricultural techniques, improving access to quality seeds and fertilizers and investing in irrigation infrastructure. The ISP’s commitment to excellence in plantation management will play a crucial role in achieving these objectives

“Food security is a cornerstone of the AfDB’s mission. By supporting initiatives that increase crop yields and reduce post-harvest losses, the ISP Africa Chapter contributes directly to this goal, ensuring that African countries can feed their populations and reduce dependence on food imports.

“Small farmers are the heart of Africa’s agricultural sector. The ISP’s focus on capacity building and professional development will empower these farmers, improve their productivity and improve their livelihoods, thereby promoting inclusive economic growth.

“Sustainability is at the core of our development agenda. “The ISP’s emphasis on sustainable plantation practices will help mitigate the impacts of climate change, protect natural resources and ensure the long-term viability of Africa’s agricultural sector,” he noted.

Furthermore, Mbaram stated that the establishment of the ISP Africa Chapter represents a paradigm shift in the agricultural sector on our continent, and that the initiative is poised to transform the way Africa approaches agriculture by promoting collaboration, innovation and the adoption of sustainable practices.

The Chairman of the ISP African Chapter, Dr. Shermal Perera, said they would focus on educating farmers and training them on the crops of their choice to develop agriculture in Nigeria.

“Generally you can see that education is coming into the Incorporated Society of Planters, there will be capacity building, which means that people who practice agriculture can get tertiary education and secondary education or even go to business. to even receive training on the crops they develop in Nigeria.

“This gives them the opportunity for better production and ultimately more money for themselves and their families.

Also speaking, Fatai Afolabi, Proterm Vice Chairman of ISP Africa, said in the context of Africa, they are targeting farmers across the continent, and their expectation is to impact them by adding value through their capabilities in build.

“If we want to achieve similar results in terms of productivity in our agricultural sector, we must start now and practice the profession as it is done in other advanced climes and that is why we are focusing on capacity building,” Afolabi added.

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