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Agribusiness sponsored project to train SMEs on export opportunities

An agribusiness hub sponsored by the Islamic Development Bank, iProduce Africa, says it is striving to boost the operations and export capabilities of Nigerian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Agri-Entrepreneurs as they seek to take advantage of the government’s Zero-Oil Plan.

Nigeria’s Zero-Oil plan is a blueprint for a strategic non-oil export-led economic diversification agenda.

In a statement in Abuja, iProduce Africa says it will train Nigerian owned agribusinesses and SMEs, especially young Agri-Entrepreneurs, on the requisite technical skills to equip them on how to export their produce thereby integrating them into global food value chains.

Chief executive officer of the organisation Aisha Waziri-Umar said they will also train the SMEs and Agri-Entrepreneurs on how to access finance, including non-interest funding, for their export.

Since inauguration this year by the  Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Adeniyi Adebayo, iProduce Africa has trained about 500 farmers on various areas of agribusiness including livestocks, fruits and vegetables, garments, among others.

Reporting by Victoria Chimezie, editing by Daniel Adejo.