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Gombe, OCP Africa sign MoU to transform agric sector 

The Gombe state government has signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OCP Africa, a subsidiary of the OCP Group, Morocco, in a move towards enhancing agricultural productivity, sustainability, and economic growth.

The MoU was signed Wednesday during a ceremony at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), located in the Green City of Benguerir Morocco made available by Mr. Ismaila Uba Misilli, Director-General  Press Affairs, Government House, Gombe.

Gombe state Commissioner for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Dr. Barnabas Malle, signed on behalf of the state government, while Mr. Akintunde Akinwande, head of Digital, signed for OCP Africa in the presence of Governor Inuwa Yahaya and the Chief Operating Officer of OCP Africa, Mohammed Hettiti.

The governor expressed optimism about the partnership, saying it holds the potential to deliver substantial benefits to smallholder farmers and the broader agricultural community in Gombe state.

He added that it also aligns with Gombe’s vision of becoming a regional hub for agribusiness, commerce, trade, and industry. He  stated the importance of leveraging the technical expertise of OCP Nigeria in engineering, manufacturing, technology and resources to position Gombe state at the forefront of agricultural development in Nigeria.

 The partnership between Gombe state and OCP Africa covers a comprehensive development project addressing productivity and sustainability challenges across the entire agricultural value chain.

 The collaboration will encompass a range of activities, including, supporting small-scale farmers to have access to necessary resources; recruiting and training of Youth as Agricultural Extension Agents to support agricultural development, providing fertilizers, seeds, and agrochemicals to enhance farm productivity, facilitating access to credit to support participating farmers.

  It also includes annual establishment of five Farm & Fortune Hubs in rural communities with high agricultural potential to address challenges in farm input availability and accessibility, providing a comprehensive solution under one roof, as well as the implementation of More Food  Initiative (MFI) project in selected secondary schools in Gombe state to foster agricultural education among students.

Prior to the signing ceremony, Governor Yahaya and his team toured facilities at the Moroccan non-profit private research university, particularly the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

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