In a visionary move aimed at bolstering food and nutrition security, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, the Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (FMAFS), has issued a resounding call for an intensified partnership with the Irish Government in the realm of agriculture. This ambitious initiative seeks to harness the combined strengths of both nations to propel the production of vital agricultural commodities, including milk, wheat, and beef, to unprecedented heights.
A Confluence of Agricultural Minds:
The genesis of this groundbreaking collaboration unfolded during a significant visit to Abuja by a delegation from the Irish Ministry for Agriculture, Food, and Marine, led by Mr. Brendan Gleeson, the Secretary-General. The discussions that transpired between the two parties were nothing short of visionary, as they delved into the vast potential of mutual growth in the agricultural sector.
Nigeria’s Potential Meets Ireland’s Expertise:
Acknowledging Ireland’s remarkable achievements in diverse agricultural sectors, including milk, wheat, beef, potatoes, and poultry, the FMAFS, in a statement released by Chief Information Officer Eremah Anthonia, highlighted Nigeria’s vast potential. With abundant arable land and a rich history of producing grains, horticultural products, and livestock, Nigeria stands as the most populous country in Africa, uniquely positioned for the development of any agricultural value chain.
Dr. Umakhihe articulated this potential, stating, “Nigeria is blessed with arable land suitable for the development of any agricultural value chain. With Ireland’s remarkable successes in the production of milk, wheat, beef, potatoes, and poultry, the Ministry is eager to collaborate to achieve food and nutrition security and sustainability in Nigeria.”
A Vision of Concrete Collaboration:
Recognizing the urgency of action, Dr. Umakhihe proposed the formation of a Technical Committee comprising members from both Nigeria and Ireland. This committee will serve as the crucible where ideas are refined and initiatives are brought to life, fostering seamless cooperation between the two nations.
Mr. Brendan Gleeson, the Secretary-General of Ireland’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Marine, affirmed Ireland’s unwavering commitment to this partnership. He underscored the common interest both nations share in ensuring food security, a commitment that holds the promise of mutual benefits.
“We are here to build a strong relationship that would make a significant impact on both countries,” Gleeson assured Nigeria.
A Promising Partnership:
This strategic alliance holds immense potential for Nigeria and Ireland alike. Nigeria, with its burgeoning population and fertile land, presents a substantial market and an opportunity for exponential agricultural growth. On the flip side, Ireland’s expertise in key areas such as milk, wheat, and beef production can play a pivotal role in Nigeria’s pursuit of food and nutrition security.
As the Technical Committee takes shape and commences its transformative work, stakeholders in both nations eagerly await the collaborative efforts that will undoubtedly elevate agricultural productivity, fortify food security, and foster economic growth on a scale that benefits both nations and extends far beyond.
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