Nigerian government restates focus on sweet potato production

Source: Fresh Plaza

The Nigerian government has issued a statement saying it would do everything to tap into the potential of potato production, especially the orange flesh sweet potato. Hajia Karima Babangida, Director of the Federal Department of Agriculture, has said this at the potato value chain stakeholders meeting on adoption and utilisation of orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) held in Osogbo. According to Mrs Babangida, the ministry is firmly committed to supporting the agricultural drive of the present administration. quoted her as saying: “It is imperative to reiterate the stern resolve of the federal government to ensuring that the country does not experience any food shortage crises this year and beyond arising from the fall-out of COVID 19 pandemic on the nation’s economic activities especially among the smallholders farmers, processors and other Value Chain Actors.”

The primary objective of convening the stakeholder workshop is to create a forum for the stakeholders/major actors in the Potato Value Chain to chart a way forward for the realisation of the fullest potential locked up in potato production, processing/utilisation and marketing.

“Several challenges have been identified in the Potato Value Chain; right from the seed system protocols to the marketing of the produce. The challenges are quite enormous, but however, not one that is insurmountable. Therefore, all hands must be on deck to achieving this feat. There is no formal seed system for Potato, and it’s been a major drawback in the development of the Value Chain in the country,” she said.