Cargo operator urges policies to boost agriculture

By 02:54 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 Comments



The chief executive officer of ABX World Nigeria

Cargo, Capt. John Okakpu, has urged the Federal

Government to initiate policies that will stimulate

the export of agricultural produce in the country.

He said agricultural produce has the potential to

generate over $ 52billion for Nigeria annually.

The promotion of over 75 farm produce for export,

according to the air cargo operator, could create

over 20 million jobs for youths across the country.

Okakpu said the need to promote agricultural

produce has become imperative following the

slump in the price of crude oil in the international

market.

Speaking in a chat with our correspondent in

Lagos, he said current global realities has made it

imperative for government to be more creative in

the bid to get other sources of revenue rather than

depending on crude oil .

He said his firm is organising training for farmers

and players in the supply chain and logistic

business on how to package Nigerian farm

produce to scale through export standards

prescribed by the European Union and other

institutions.

ABX World Nigeria in collaboration with ARIK Air

and Skyway Aviation Grand Handling Company

(SAHCOL) as cargo airline and process handling

company, he said are strategizing on how to

reposition Nigeria’s agro-allied produce and export

to markets in Europe and other parts of the world.

Okakpu said the firm is pursuing a revolutionary

project that will improve the agricultural sector in

the country while boosting the supply chain –

transportation, logistics, aviation and packaging,

among others, in the bid to create jobs for the

youths.


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