On August 19th, 2019, International Cooperation Department of Sino-US Food and Agriculture Innovation Center (SUFAIC) met with Adekunle Sunday Sheyi, the Special Adviser of the Governor of Osun State, Nigeria and General Manager of Beijing Ying Chang Shen INTL Trading Co.,Ltd., and Patrick Glemaud, the Legal Adviser of the daughter of Nigerian President and Osun State Governor in Beijing to discuss issues around industrial cooperation, trade, best agricultural practices and personnel training in agriculture and food between Nigeria and China.
First of all, both sides made a brief introduction on their respective personnel and institutions. SUFAIC introduced its mission and functions, as well as the industrial projects currently in operation both at home and abroad. Mr. Sheyi brought the distinctive agricultural produce in Nigeria—cashew nuts and introduced the local industrial situation. At present, the export volume in Nigeria is 200,000 tons per year, while the total productivity of the industry is more than 2 million tons. Moreover, with a large yield of sesame, soybean, ginger and hibiscus, Nigeria hopes to expand export opportunities in the Chinese market.
SUFAIC has been promoting its overseas greenhouse construction project and the project of exporting new varieties to OBOR countries. Substantial progress has been achieved in Qatar (vegetable greenhouse planting project) and Senegal (high oleic peanut whole industry chain project). Nigeria faces the same problems of seed degradation, low yield and low returns of planting as Senegal. Therefore, there are big opportunities for cooperation between SUFAIC and Nigeria in the export of high-quality peanut, rice and vegetable varieties.
Mr. Sheyi fully appreciated and recognized the role played by SUFAIC in the adjustment and optimization of industrial structure, expressing its willingness to work closely with SUFAIC so as to promote mutual cooperation in agriculture and food industry and explore cooperation on best agricultural practices, personnel exchange and training.