Friday, September 3, 2010
INVITATION TO AN AGRICULTURAL STUDY TOUR OF ISRAEL
We are proposing a ten (10) day agricultural trip to Israel for Nigerian government officials and private sector agricultural operatives. The objective of the tour is to stimulate the interest of the participants to agriculture through lectures, interaction with experts and visits to locations of interest in Israel.
The study tour scheduled to hold 2-11 November, 2010 is predicated on Government’s efforts at ensuring food security for the people of Nigeria while in the same token diversifying the revenue base of the country away from oil. Moreover, we are of the opinion that a trip of this nature would have direct and positive impact on the citizenry.
Israel has been chosen for the tour on the strength of its innovative agricultural practices that have earned the country a pride of place in the comity of nations, agriculturally speaking.
Agriculture in Israel is the success story of a long, hard struggle against adverse conditions and of making maximum use of arable land and scarce water. Its success lies in the determination and ingenuity of farmers and scientists who have dedicated themselves to developing a flourishing agriculture.
The close cooperation between R&D and industry led to the development of a market-oriented agri-business that exports agro-technology solutions worldwide. A good lesson to countries, including Nigeria, in dire need of solutions in their war against hunger, diseases, morbidity and mortality!
The proposed study tour would expose the participants to the following:
• Crop cultivation (commercial value and high yielding varieties).
• Aquaculture and dairy farming.
• Post harvest technology.
• Markets and merchandising.
• Meeting with officials from relevant Ministries, Research Institutions etc.
• Joint venture projects on integrated agriculture
The ten days study tour covers lectures, visits to farms, agricultural technology centres, processing plants, chambers of commerce, the export institute and the ministry of agriculture. Optional visit to holy sites would be arranged.
Resource persons are drawn from the academia, state ministry of agriculture, multilateral agencies and entrepreneurs. Certificates of participation would be issued.