By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Executive Director National Agricultural Research and Liason Services (NAERLS), Professor Emmanuel I. Ikani has decried what he observed as the fast declining production of millet and sorghum in Nigeria.
Prof Ikani exoresses this while declaring open a sensitization Workshop/Seed fair on Sorghum and Millet value chains at NAERLS Conference Hall.
Represented by the Deputy Director of the institute, Prof. Yusuf Ahmad Sani, he said the declining production of millet and sorghum in the country is a problem that needs urgent steps taken to address the situation
The Director also said that if farmers know the present status of millet and sorghum in the food chain, they wouldn’t have stopped producing the commodities
According to him, millet and sorghum have potentials such as enhancing healthcare and food that have very nutritious value which human body needs it most to be very healthy
He said millet is a cure for diabetics, cancer and many more deadly diseases if properly utilized, as well the sorghum which is used in producing biscuits, Maltina etc.
Prof. Ikan called on relevant stakeholders to engage farmers in the rural communities through enlightment to return to the production of millet and.sorghum.
He said, farmers choose production of rice and maize instead of the healthy meals because of money.
“Presently, there is high yield of millet seed which has quality and quantity after the harvest,” he informed.
In their separate remarks, representatives of ICRISAT, I.A.R, CDA, ADPS and farmers expressed appreciation to the organizers of the workshop which they described as timely, optimistic that it will help farmers to return to the production of millet as sorghum.
They expressed dismay over the neglect the crops suffer in Nigeria.
They advised participants to take home all what transpired at the workshop to the rural famers in order to update their farming production.