The aspirations of the African people contained in the African Union’s Agenda 2063 which aims to support policies and programmes that promote economic growth, peaceful coexistence, security and prosperity in the continent has taken another dimension as Green Panace Ltd & ACRA Initiative Partners AU ECOSOCC Nigeria to Unveil Castor Farming. The group called for a stakeholders meeting on the 3rd of September at the Au ECOSOCC meeting room to drum support from relevant stakeholders in the Agriculture, Environment, Import, Export, Security, Business, Finance and Social Services which CASTOR BEAN Farming.
The need for this Multi-Stakeholders Consultative Meeting could not have come at a better time than this considering the economic and social imbalance Nigerians and Africans have been subjected to before, during and now after the COVID-19 Pandemic that has created a “New Normal” in the way we do things.The event which housed major stake holders in the agricultural sector,environmental sector,climate change experts and investors was proclaimed as another giant stride of the trio as the Nigerian Representative African Union ECOSOCC dr Tunji Asaolu welcomed the stakeholders present at the meeting with a key note.
In his speech he said agricultural development in Nigeria is long overdue and the AU ECOSOCC is geared towards changing the narrative as the African Union ECOSOCC is ready to work with stakeholders to forge a new phase for agriculture growth in Nigeria through her partners.The Regional Business Head, Non-Interest Banking, Sterling Bank Plc, Aisha Ashafa said they are overwhelmed by the benefits of castor farming as they are willing to partner and support the project.
She told dignitaries present that research has shown that the Castor seed can raise a profit of 1.2billion monthly for the Nigerian economy as if invested on by the Government, the GDP of Nigeria will grow abruptly.
In an appreciation speech the co convener of the program Engr Chris Anonre thanked the Rt. Honourable Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly for his gallant moves and intervention in the activity of AU ECOSOCC NIGERIA, the ACCRA INITIATIVE TEAM for choosing a very cardinal theme for the meeting, “REVOLUTIONALIZING CLIMATE RESILIENT AGRICULTURE IN NIGERIA” at a time that Nigeria farmers are faced with constant fear of being kidnapped for a ransom as he expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the MD/CEO OF GREEN PANACEA LTD who is also a fellow of common wealth Dr Aisha Yusuf Ibrahim for her passion towards humanity and people development and extoled the effort of bridge institute team, Barr. Jibril, Dr. Abdulrrahman Bashir and Dr. Zainab Yusuf.In the meeting he lamented the challenges faced by farmers in area of Insecurity and kidnapping as these has disrupted growth in the sector thus made farming unattractive.
He added that to understand the need for climate resilient agriculture with respect to castor, we need to look at the effects of the current insecurity and to remind ourselves of the long term effect.After a holistic study of the Castor Bean Farming initiative in Nigeria, the convenes have decided to run a pilot in the following states Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kano.Speaking with journalist Engr Chris said another opportunity available to farmers through this program is CLUSTER FARMING which will enable farmers cultivate in clusters or aggregations and get maximum returns for investment.A Castor Bean expert Barr. Dr. Saddiqah Jibril, Director Training, Prestigious Bridge Institute made participants to understand that Castor seed is a type of farming that can transform the phase of agriculture in Nigeria if cultivated the right way through cluster farming considering the huge volume of quantities currently in demand.
She said castor seed is poisonous in it unprocessed form to both humans and animals and this makes it very safe against herdsmen, cattle, goats and other ruminants.At the end of the meeting stakeholders were asked to embrace this rare opportunity that is available to foster and change the face of agriculture in Nigeria as a portal has been opened to capture the data of interested stakeholders and farmers which will be made available to the public soon