Also, the total items covered under the purview of ChemExcil (Export Promotion Council, set up by the Indian government) to Nigeria in the period stood at $90.3 million as against $85.5 million in the corresponding period of 2012, the Executive Director, ChemExcil, Mr. Suhas Bhardi disclosed.
Bhardi gave these figures during the Indian Chemical and Cosmetics Exhibition, organised by ChemExcil in collaboration with Pesticides Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India (PMFAI) and the Indian High Commission in Lagos.
According to him, the basic sector which consists mainly of petrochemicals accounts for over 70 per cent of the total chemical market in Nigeria.” I am happy to note that the upstream petrochemical sector is well established, with Nigeria as the highest oil-producer in Africa.
“The purpose of this Exhibition is to strengthen/expand existing business, promote india’s chemical exports and to create a positive brand image of Indian products. This would also result into many more joint ventures and technology transfer,” he said.
On the other hand, President of PMFAI, Mr. Pradip Dave, said that the African region offers most potential for improvement in productivity of crops and therefore African governments have given priority for development of Agriculture in the region.
Dave, noted that there is good market for agrochemicals in Nigeria, stressing, “It is estimated that the private sector agrochemical companies supply about 70 percent of the total CPP demand of approximately $120 million.”
He said, “Most of the African countries are now concentrating on development of irrigation projects and with modern irrigation system by optimising and conserving water resources and also introducing drought resistance varieties. The drought resistance and high yielding varieties will definitely boost the agricultural production in the African region which will also help in boosting agricultural exports from Africa.
*Providence Obuh, Vanguard