Exclusive: Two Nigerian states partner Kenya for commercial agriculture revolution
London, July 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Two Nigerian states, Osun and Kano states have established partnership with the government of Kenya with a view to to understudying its agriculture revolution as well as replicate such at home
Agriculture is the largest contributor to Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP). The country is a leading producer of tea and coffee, as well as the third-leading exporter of fresh produce, such as cabbages, onions and mangoes. Small farms grow most of the corn and also produce potatoes, bananas, beans and peas.
In an exclusive interview with Alternativeafrica.com in Abuja, Nigeria, the Kenyan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador (Dr.) Wilfred G. Machage disclosed that the relationship had gone to advanced stage with Osun state already sent some benchmarking teams of two groups to understudy the practice of agriculture in his country
” I had the opportunity of giving a lecture in Osogbo on how far Kenya has gone in terms of agricultural development during the Agritech Nigeria Osun 2019 event in March this year where we further consolidated the agreement
“Kano State is also trying to come up with the same programme like Osun. Kano is trying to focus on improved seeds for cotton. Kenya is noted for good researches in production of seeds that will be adaptable to certain geographical areas. The scientists will come down to Nigeria to develop the seeds that will be adaptable to Nigeria environment for proper production. This is one of the new innovations in Kenya now.”
Ambassador Wilfred Machage also said Kenya had a lot of good things going on for her that the rest of Africa can learn from.
The Diplomat cum medical doctor also talked extensively on the gains Africa as a continent will get from the Single Passport being proposed by the African Union (AU), why Kenyans are successful with their agro economy, what the country is doing to make Kenyan tourism safe for the tourists around the world and some other interesting topics which will make Africa a formidable force in the world politics.
The full interview with Ambassador Machage who is also a successful farmer shortly