Russia commits to spur Nigeria’s agric

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Russian Ambassador and his two deputies
Russian Ambassador, Nikolay Udovichenko; Deputy Ambassador (Economic), Valeriy Shaposhonekov; and Deputy Ambassador (political), Sergei Chumarev.

Russia has resolved to promote Nigeria’s agricultural products as a strategic plan to strengthen relationship.

Mr Nikolay Udovichenko, the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria told journalists in Abuja that Russian government was ready to supply the machinery to promote the agricultural sector in Nigeria.

According to him, the production of agricultural machinery is increasing in Russian and the exports are higher than the arms exports.

“The Russian government is delighted and ready to export Nigerian agricultural products, especially, mangoes, pineapples, banana, pawpaw and cocoa beans.

“We are ready to bring finished products and machines to promote the Agriculture sector in the country.

Russian envoys and some Nigerian friends
Russian envoys and some Nigerian friends

“We will also strengthen our bilateral trade and investment cooperation, including increasing supplies of Russian agricultural production to Nigeria and ECOWAS region,’’ he said.

He explained that agricultural products like shrimps, crayfish has already markets in Russia.

The envoy said that his government would not only concentrate on agriculture but, also on science and technology.

He said the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Russian-Nigerian Joint Commission on economic, scientific and technical cooperation, recently held in Abuja discussed areas of bilateral cooperation.

The areas included agriculture, industry, power sector, military-technical cooperation, mining and solid minerals.

The Russian company that built the Ajaokuta Steel Company was willing to come back to complete the project.

He said that the revival of the company would guarantee job creation.


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