Monday, 23 September 2019

Cross River State is Nigeria's State of the Art —USAID Chief of Party

23 September 2019 

Cross River State under the leadership of  Sir Benedict Ayade as Governor has been described as  "Nigeria's State of the Art,"state.

This is because the state has seen more development and greater technologies in Ayade's administration than in any other state in Nigeria.

Chief of party,  USAID, Dr. Adams Saffer,  disclosed this in an interview in Calabar after a summit on Public Private Dialogue on Agribusiness Enabling Environment in Cross River State held at the Pyramid Hotels, Calabar, Thursday.

Dr. Saffer, stated: "The Idea of the Summit is to Listen and find out what is on people's minds, what they feel are the critical policy related issues that need to be reformed in order to improve access to Markets, Access to inputs, Access to Finance, Access to extension services because Cross River state has a tremendous opportunity to be a leading Agriculture".

Dr Saffer who Congratulated the Governor of Cross River state, Sir Ben Ayade for bringing more facilities to the state, said Cross River is on the right track with such a leader. 

Speaking on the performance of the summit, the USAID Chief of Party disclosed: "I think Today was Phenomenal, a lot of good issues were raised," while also stressing the need to be more transparent in communication between the Government and Private Sectors.

He also said that people raised the Fact that Agribusiness is not getting the same priority as Agriculture or as Production, and also the fact that the money that are spent by donors are not getting to the real Famers, and that he has seen all that before, assuring that they were working on the issues raised.

The summit is as a result of collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources  and USAID with the theme:  "Bridging the Policy Gap on ease of Doing Agribusiness in Cross River State: Limitations and Solutions for Regulatory Reform".

The summit which had about 60% private sector personnels and about 30% government representatives from various ministries and agencies, brainstormed on the Challenges, Opportunities and solutions affecting the Agribusiness in the state.

It would be recalled that the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources had in August this year held a summit and it is based on the identified needs from the August meeting that the current summit was held.

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