The Agro-industrial Settlements
Developers Association of Nigeria (ASDAN) said that Nigeria would
soon be producing enough food, not only for local consumption, but also for exports to other African countries.
Speaking during an annual general meeting (AGM) of the
association in Abuja, the chairman of the occasion, Chief
Guy Okechukwu explained that
the aim of ASDAN was to have enough agricultural produce for the country and to export them to other parts of Africa and the world.
Chief Okechukwu stated that the
focus of ASDAN also included having agro-allied settlements in
all areas of Nigeria so as to create jobs and to produce enough food for the Nigerian population.
“The essence of our meeting is to see how we can have agro- allied settlements in all areas of Nigeria, so that among other
things we can create jobs for the
unemployed youths. We will also have a lot of food, and other
things from the industrial and
agricultural settlements,” he said.
He also explained that the association would bring to end
current wastages in agricultural
produce in the country. “If you
see the amount of food wastages in agricultural produce
such as in tomatoes and oranges you will be shocked. However, in agricultural settlements we are
aiming at putting those agricultural produce into tins and
cans for exports, instead of allowing them to waste.”
Speaking earlier, the chairman of ASDAN, Rockson Essien stated
that ASDAN aims at solving the problem of developmental
equation of land, labour and capital.