FirstBank seeks sustainable interest in agric

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’Femi Asu

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has said it will hold an inaugural agric expo on Tuesday (today) as part of its commitment to support agriculture businesses across the value chain.

The lender, in a statement on Monday, said the expo was designed to lead a national discourse on a sustainable agriculture value-chain as an alternative source of economic development and foreign exchange earner.

According to the statement, the expo, which is slated to take place in Lagos, has the theme, ‘Reinventing agriculture for sustainable national development’.

It said key policy influencers, agriculture service providers, primary producers, exporters and key players in the agric value chain would attend the expo.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, are special guests of honour at the expo and would deliver goodwill messages.

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The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria and subsidiaries, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, said, “As a nation builder and key enabler of economic growth, FirstBank is leading the discourse on revitalising the nation’s agriculture sector and creating value for the agric value chain in alignment with its core strategy of galvanising thoughts towards rejuvenating the agric business through resourceful diversification that will stimulate sustainable development for both the business and the economy.

“This maiden expo is in demonstration of our continued commitment to finance agric businesses across the value chain as a foremost agric-friendly bank of repute.”

He said the bank would continue to lead initiatives that would support the nation’s vision to work with key stakeholders in building an agribusiness economy capable of delivering sustained prosperity in the country.

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