KANO state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has assured of his administration’s commitment towards promoting the onion value chain and other commodities because of their importance to the building of a prosperous state.
He disclosed that right from the moment he assumed office, Kano State has supported the programmes initiated by the Federal Government led by President Muhammad Buhari, which made diversification of agriculture one of its goals.
Speaking on behalf of Governor Ganduje, the state Deputy, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, said this when members of the National Onion Producers, Processors and Marketers Association Of Nigeria (NOPPMAN) visited him at the Government House, Kano.
According to him, “onion is a perishable vegetable that must be exploited to boost the nation. In Kano, we have onion markets due to the realisation of the importance of vegetables to the economy. Our farmers have been suffering a lot in the area of post-harvest losses, but now they have innovations through technology, especially the storage methods.”
While assuring them of continued support, cooperation and collaboration, he implored them to take advantage of the intervention programmes initiated by the Federal Government to enhance more production and processing of onion.
The President of the association, Comrade Aliyu Maitasamu Isa, in his speech, said the purpose of the visit was to inform the governor about their Regional International Onion Conference coming up in Kano later in November.
“The conference is a collaborative effort of the regional observatory for onion in West and Central Africa and our association aimed towards looking at the impacts of the African Free Trade Area (AFTA),” he said.
He also explained that Nigeria’s onions are one of the best globally because of their strong pungency and they are exported to many countries such as France, Japan, India, Niger Republic, Ghana and a lot more.
Maitasamu commended Kano State Government for its laudable policies and programmes in agriculture.
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