Homegrown in Nigeria
Griffith Elder have been exporting products to Africa for over two decades and to Nigeria for 15 years. Nigeria is a country that has huge agricultural potential in what was a largely forgotten sector of the economy during the oil boom of the 80s and 90s. However with the drop in the price of oil and strong government backing, now the Agricultural sector is set to boom!
Large areas of cereal ready land is available in the north of the country whilst yam, casava and palm oil can be grown throughout the country. Large home grown companies such as Dangote are building up the local production of goods that are already processed here or imported such as sugar and flour. With the Nigerian government putting pressure on the private sector to source products domestically.
The Agra Innovate show laid testament to the expanding market and huge interest in building this sector into a strong powerhouse. The foundations and focus is there. Now it is the time for it to happen.
As a cash rich country there are plenty of private investors looking for the right opportunities and are interested in the agricultural sector. What this needs to be paired with is the right experts and equipment. For Nigeria to flourish it first needs to build up its farms and only after that can it build up its farm machinery production when the demand is already present.
The Agra Innovate show was able to showcase the best companies who know that their products are of export quality and are focused on Nigeria. These companies, as Nigeria starts to rebuild the nation's farming prowess, are the companies that know where the potential is and understand business and the environment. Companies such as Alvan Blanch's food processing systems, WM Group's pivot farming equipment and Griffith Elder's weighing equipment.
These companies have all long histories of working with the Nigerian climate, people and also are key experts in the agricultural sector. Their combined know how, expertise and equipment are ready for use in Nigeria. If the right investors and suppliers meet there can only be progress.
5th January 2015