The maize agricultural value chain’s annual conference of stakeholders and specialists will take place on April 27th, 2022, at the Bolton White Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria, in a hybrid event (physical and virtual).
The subject for this year’s conference is ‘Much More Maize 2.0.’ It follows the 2021 edition, when Bayer launched the much more maize toolkit, a revolutionary solution to assist Nigerian farmers maximise agricultural yields and secure harvests that had previously been impeded by catastrophic disease and pests.
The 2022 will further embed and expose maize farmers and stakeholders to sustainable farming techniques that will enhance maize harvest, raise Nigeria’s overall productivity, and underline Bayer’s commitment to increasing food security.
This conference will bring together key industry stakeholders from Bayer SA, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Bayer Nigeria Ltd., Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Agribusiness Department, Unity Bank, and others.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Mr. Temitope Banjo, Country Sales Manager, Bayer Nigeria Limited, remarked that the country has achieved tremendous progress in maize production since the last edition, and that this year’s conference aims to generate more influence in Nigeria and Africa.
“Although maize production in Nigeria increased from 12.8 to 13.94 million metric tonnes between 2020 and 2021, propelling the country to become Africa’s largest maize producer (followed by South Africa, Egypt, and Ethiopia), there is still room for improvement in Nigeria to close the demand gap and meet the crop’s domestic and industrial needs.
‘This year’s conference will reaffirm our commitment to addressing poor agronomic factors and the use of bad seeds during planting and cultivation, as well as making a greater impact through innovative solutions to ensure maize production achieves the required productivity and profitability,’ says the organisation.
Johan Duplesis, Head of Breeding, Bayer South Africa; Professor Friday Ekeleme, Weed Scientist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); Ayodele Kayode, Market Development Agronomist, Bayer Nigeria Ltd.; Dr. Muyideen Oyekunle, Maize Breeder, Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR); Dr. Usman Bala Daudawa, Scientist, Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN); Prof. Friday E (MAAN).