From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has officially travelled to Moscow, Russia to attend the Global Panel of Ministers of Agriculture conference.
Ogbeh, speaking at the 20th edition of the Russian Agribusiness Forum and Agricultural Exhibition in Moscow further advocated need to exclude politics from efforts to increasing food production.
The Minister identified rural dwellers and children as biggest victims of hunger.
“The reason we come to these meetings is because we believe that politics should be removed as far as possible away from food production. The biggest victims of hunger are children and the rural poor who know little or nothing about international politics.
“We are here to explore opportunities with Russia and with other participating countries in the exchange of agricultural goods, skills and machineries for the common promotion and nourishment of mankind,” he said.
He spoke of Nigeria’s agro export potentials and the country’s capacity to produce and export to other parts of the world. He listed agro-produce such as cocoa, coffee,
“Africa is the smallest pollutant in the world but suffers the most from the effects of climate change, the desert is approaching at a very high speed.
“We need afforestation, we need good quality seeds, mechanization and more research.”