African Union has released a statement underscoring the need for proper investment in the development of potato value-chain to boost Nigeria’s economy.

Lugard Okonobo, Senior Technical African Union Advisor of Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) Nigeria advised while briefing the press on the partnership for the International Potato Value Chain and Root Crops Expo 2020 in Abuja on Tuesday.

“AU-ECOSOCC involvement in this is very key since COVID-19 pandemic has affected food security globally. … It is very key for us to mobilise stakeholders to support this initiative. … On how we are going to build Africa, we are bringing manufacturers that will assist investors to get good potato processing capability, increase processing capacity and production.”

Speaking at the event, Ambrose Okojie, the Managing Director of ABG PAULAS AGRICBIZ, said that the expo was designed to showcase Nigeria’s economic potential to the world. Okojie said that about 25 companies would come from across the world for the project.