By; IBRAHIM ADAMU, Kaduna
A national Stakeholders’ meeting of Cowpea and Beans Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria has been slated to hold in Abuja next Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
The Association’s National President, Hon. Shitu Mohammed Kabir in a statement said its members, who are already discussing with government officials, are worried by the sudden re-occurrence of killer beans in many Nigerian markets.
Specifically, Hon. Kabir said the one-day forum will receive position papers from its members, relevant government agencies, non-government organizations and international development partners on the cause and cure of this fatal phenomenon which recently sent panic among market traders and consumers of the protein-rich legume.
“We are indeed alarmed by the sudden deaths from consumption of beans and other staple foods. That is why we have conceived a stakeholders’ meeting to get inputs from across the country to enable us produce a working document that will influence the emergence of a sustainable national policy,” Shitu said.
The forum is expected to attract all interest groups in the value chain of cowpea and beans production, namely farmers, processors, dealers, traders and transporters. Researchers and policy makers from International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan; the National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi and the Institute of Agricultural Research, Zaria are coming to share research information.
Also expected are officials of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control; Nigeria Customs Service; Nigeria Export Promotion Council; Standards Organization of Nigeria, the ministries of health; agriculture and rural development; industry, trade and investment, among others.