The United Kingdom Minister of State for Africa Happiett Baldwin has confirmed that the UK Department for International Development is willing to invest five million pounds in Plant Programme in Nigeria at the Co-Creation Hub Yaba Lagos on Friday, July 19.
According to the Head of Communications, UK DFID in Abuja, David Smith the programme is aimed at increasing and spreading the use of new technologies in agribusiness and also to guide over 200 agri-tech entrepreneurs and agribusiness through a structured incubation process which will take their ideas to commercial scale and viability.
The investment will be put into action in partnership with Technoserver and British Council which is expected to bring a unique combination of skills in agricultural innovation and realization.
Baldwin said the minister has toured the building and met inspiring, creative young Nigerians. These young people are those who work tirelessly at developing innovative means to improve vital services in Nigeria. This amazing program is expected to assist in achieving their dreams and also contribute to the Nation’s long term strategy to boost growth and productivity in the Agricultural industry.
The Head of DFID in Nigeria John Primrose describes the program as exciting, as it would positively impact over 200 entrepreneurs in what they do. Along with this it would also support Nigeria in achieving its long-term strategy in creating a strong nation which could stand a test of time.