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Nigeria mulls collaboration with Belarus in agriculture

Nigeria to collaborate with the Republic of Belarus to advance both countries’ common interests.

President Buhari stated this in Abuja while hosting General Victor Sheiman, a Special Envoy of the Belarusian President Alexandar Lukashenko.

The President told the Special Envoy that he was impressed with Belarus’s progress toward becoming a virile nation, stressing that Nigeria may learn from her experiences.

He said that he had taken note of Belarus’s capabilities and that Nigeria will consult with her on potential areas of collaboration.

The President stated that Nigeria would particularly like both countries to collaborate in agriculture, saying that Nigeria has the land and labour, while Belarus possessed the technology.

General Sheiman praised President Buhari for working tirelessly for the betterment of Nigerians, as President Lukashenko does in Belarus.

He described Belarus as a stable and hospitable country that strives for self-sufficiency in many sectors, and he vowed to provide ample chances for Nigerians.

General Sheiman told President Buhari that his country would like cooperation in industries such as agriculture, petroleum, refineries, education, joint trading, transportation, the construction of oil and gas pipelines, and the manufacture of tyres, tractors, and defense equipment.

According to the Special Envoy, his country is self-sufficient in agriculture and sells surplus food products worth approximately $7 billion per year.

He also stated that Belarus is willing to work with Nigeria on mechanized agriculture and the battle against terrorism.

Reporting By Abdallah Bello, editing by Saadatu Albashir