The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has established a technological- driven Agricultural Market Information Centre to provide reliable and up-to-date one- stop data base of the agricultural market environment across the country.
Dr. Bukar Hassan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, announced this in Abuja while declaring open a three-day capacity building workshop on operationalisation of Market Information Centre for participants drawn from 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Hassan explained that it was important for the government to promote agricultural market information in order to boost investment, production, processing, marketing and exportation of agricultural produce out of the country to promote economic growth in line with the Economic Recovery Programmme of the present administration.
He said the one- stop agricultural market information centre was equipped with up to date facilities comprising the reception, work station ,conference room and library to respond to the need of the public in market intelligence as well as directly and indirectly help drive production, processing and marketing in the agriculture sector thereby facilitating wealth creation, employment generation and ensuring food security.
According to him, “It is therefore apparent that investors, marketers and exporters of agricultural export produce from Nigeria would need a more reliable single point of contact to facilitate tailored agricultural market information support services and high quality market data for informed investment decision making across the agricultural value chains.”