FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNVEILS FIVE-YEAR PLAN TO BOOST POTATO PRODUCTION

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced a comprehensive five-year national strategic plan aimed at revitalizing potato production across the country. Senator Abubakar Kyari, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, revealed this initiative in Jos, Plateau State. He emphasized that the primary objective is to drive economic growth through diverse agricultural value chain activities.

Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe, the Permanent Secretary, represented Minister Kyari during the announcement. He highlighted that the implementation of the National Potato Strategy from 2023 to 2028 follows a similar successful trajectory as the Rice policy. This strategic move is poised to usher in an era of enhanced competitiveness within Nigeria’s potato industry.

Minister Kyari underlined that potato cultivation has significant commercial potential in 12 states across the federation. This favorable prospect bodes well for the collective efforts of numerous stakeholders. He stated, “The essence of this strategy is to ensure sustainable food and nutrition security with a view to catalyzing the rapid transformation of the Nigerian potato sector into a commercially viable sub-sector of the agricultural value chains as a major export product.”

Furthermore, he emphasized the Ministry’s awareness of existing challenges in the agricultural sector and assured that appropriate measures are being taken to address them. The ministry is committed to undertaking extensive production, processing, value addition, and product development endeavors; serving as the cornerstone for propelling the nation’s industries forward.

The Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for its concerted efforts in bolstering food production nationwide. Represented by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Bugama Samson, Governor Mutfwang described Plateau as a prominent hub for potato production in the country. He pledged his administration’s unwavering commitment to ensure the success of the five-year national potato strategic plan within the state.

The official launch of this transformative five-year national potato strategic plan in Jos garnered significant participation from various stakeholders in Nigeria’s agricultural sector. Notable attendees included representatives from the National Potato Multi-Stakeholders Forum, GIZ, National Agricultural Seed Council, and officials from the National Root Crop Research Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

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