The 11thAgroExpo Eurasia, International Agriculture, Greenhouse and Livestock Exhibition, organized by Orion Fair Public Relation Company was held from the 11th – 14th February, 2016 at theInternational Izmir Exhibition Center, Izmir – Turkey.

The four day exhibition hosted about two hundred and fifty thousand (250, 000) persons on a one hundred and ten thousand exhibition floor thus confirming its characteristic of being the largest agricultural trade fair in Turkey.

At the Trade Fair, different types of high quality agro–machines were exhibited at affordable prices from all over the world. We went to a trade fair where we saw various types of agricultural machineries and agro chemicals by different manufacturersfrom different parts of the world being displayed.

During the Exhibition, there were B2B meetings where Turkish agricultural investors, agricultural companies and other foreign investors where present to discuss various investment opportunities. Many of these agricultural companies indicated keen interest in investing in the Nigerian agricultural sector as well as in establishing their plants in Nigeria.

The B2B meeting was held in Swiss hotel at about 9:00 pm on 11th February, 2016 with mixed delegations comprising of Dr.Lamin Mohammed Kpaka(Executive Director of ACSVI), two representatives from Machong Integrated Farms Limited, Mr. KolchiAbinanadab (Manager), the Turkish investors delegation namely: Mr. Abdullahi(President), Mr.GokhanAyhan (General Manager), Ali Coskun (Chief Executive Officer) and three representatives of the Nigerian Community in Turkey namely: Mr. Prince EmireMagboh (President), Mr. Richard H. Oziegbe (General Secretary) and Mr. Obi Wisdom (Treasurer).

Cross sections of delegates after the meeting posed for a cross photo after the meeting held in the conference hall at Swiss Hotel Izmir, Turkey. From the center right is the Vice chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Theodore A. Orji, CON, center second right Dr. (Mrs.) Fortune Ihua – Maduenyi clerk to the committee,second left is Dr. LaminMohammed Kpaka Executive Director ACSVI, two Machong Integrated Farm Limited, three Turkish Investors, three representative of the Nigeria Community in Turkey

 

This meeting was held between the three groups concerning the attraction of investment from Turkey to Nigeria in the areas of agriculture, education, water, infrastructure which includes construction of road and real estate, capital investment and manufacturing.

Some Turkish agricultural farms were also visited after the fair so as to witness the latest agricultural advancements and trends utilized in these farms for improved agriculturalyields in both plants and livestock as advertised by the companies during the exhibition.

Nigeria was invited as a Honorary country for the 11th Agro-expo Eurasia, International Agriculture, Greenhouse and Livestock Exhibition and some delegates voluntary participated from Nigeria in the fair as discuss in the previous fair. The Executive Director of NGO ACSVI, Dr. Lamin Mohammed Kpaka and his team met with Ms. Irmak TAN, Director of international Affairs of ORION FAIR. However, the Turkish agricultural team and other investors who would be coming to Nigeria to meet the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to hold discussions on how Livestock model can be implemented in some farms in Nigeria. ACSVI has the mandate to prepare for the proposed meeting by liaisingwith the Minister to find out his convenient time for this and work in collaboration with the Turkish agricultural team and other investors.

At the proposed livestock model to be constructed in Nigeria, agricultural investor mainly from Turkey and other parts of the world will be invited to participate, thereby bringing their expertise to contribute to the growth of the Nigerian Agriculture sector.