FME and NABC on behalf of RVO organized , a Agri trade mission to Nigeria from November 4 to 7. The trade mission brought together 14 Dutch companies who are already working in the sector in Africa and those who are interested in exploring new market opportunities in Nigeria. The trade mission was also an opportunity for Dutch companies to network and explore possible cooperations.
Before the trade mission, the majority of the participants went to the Nigeria Poultry Show in Abeokuta which was held on November 3 and 4. Network meetings between 10 Dutch companies and their Nigerian counterparts took place at the Holland Pavilion set up at the show. The participation at the poultry show is the second time for a Dutch delegation following a first time successful business interaction.
The second and important event the business delegation took part in was the Agrikexpo 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. Agrikexpo is one of the largest Agrifood and horticulture exposition in West-Africa with an estimated participants of 6000. 12 members of the delegation showcased their products and services and met local partners, agents & distributors at the expo.
Besides providing the opportunity to explore the available business opportunities in the Nigerian poultry market, the trade mission was also a platform for cooperation. Ron de Zwarte, Regional Sales Director of Jansen Poultry Equipment and Kristof Deprez, General Manager of Transnational Agri made an agreement to build a broiler farm for a local company.
The Dutch business delegation to Nigeria included ISA Hendrix Genetics, Champrix, Jansen Poultry Equipment, Koudijs Animal Nutrition, Marel Stork poultry processing, Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies, Transnational Agri Projects B.V., Vencomatic Group, USE Poultry Tech, Nijhuis Water Technology and Dudutech.
The trade mission to Nigeria was a successful trade mission that benefited participating companies and led to serious leads and follow up businesses.
Author: Emnet Assefa, Netherlands-African Business Council