Nigeria’s Food and beverage sector generates about 1.5 million jobs which is five per cent of Nigeria’s workforce.
Managing Director of Fair-Trade, Martin Maerz, who disclosed this at the second International Trade Show on Agrofood, Plastics and Packaging in Lagos, explained that the aim of the event was to support the country’s agrofood industry and to meet its challenges in terms of food hygiene, food safety and cost efficiency.
He stated that the event would create an ever greater diversity of food and beverage products.
“The Trade Show on Agrofood, Plastics and Packaging is all about technological exchange and cooperation between Nigerian agrofood producers and international technology suppliers.
“It was in response to the growth, demand and vitality of Nigeria’s agrofood, that the people in Fair-Trade organized the agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2016,” he stated.
Maerz said Nigerian imports of food processing and packaging machinery, between 2010 and 2014, had increased from €198million to €381million, an increase of 92 per cent within just four years.