Nigeria’s Ginger Not Meeting International Standard In World Market – AGAN President

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna

The National President, National Ginger Association of Nigeria (NGAN), Mr Gagarin Madaki, has expressed worries that Nigeria’d ginger has the least price compared with others in the world.

Speaking to New Nigerian in Kaduna, the National President of NGAN said, “Countries all over the world will tell you that ginger from Nigerian origin has some problems and as a result, they underprice our ginger because it has not met international standards.”

He added, “98 per cent of Ginger from Nigeria is not watched which make the product not to meet international standards. Our farmers do not allow it to dry properly before exporting it, which increases the moisture level and it gets rejected when it arrives Europe. Europe has its own standard that has to be made and because of that, we have decided that the first thing to do is to get it watched, ensure it is dried, put it in a container and ship it outside the country.”

Mr Madaki explained, “Nigeria Ginger has the least price in the world because of some challenges it is associated with like it is not watched and properly dried. So these are some of the problems we intend to solve so that our Ginger from Nigeria can be sold at a high amount if it meets international standards because it is used in the pharmaceutical, food beverages, drinks and others.”

He assured that the association is doing all it can to reposition Ginger so that it meet international standard, saying, “Ginger from Nigeria and particularly that of Southern Kaduna is distinct and unique because the soil in that area ensure that it grows out as content in terms of taste, smell and oil content.

“The ginger from Southern Kaduna is the best and that is why you see foreigners coming because it gets all the contents needed,” he stressed.

According to the National President, most farmers produce the product in small quantity, saying that most of them are peasant farmers.

“They do not have modern equipment to ensure large scale farming, they lacked the level of knowledge for satisfaction. Nigerian farmers do not have certificate of satisfacation and so they will buy the fresh ginger from Nigeria,” he explained.

He saix that he hopes that very soon, the standard of ginger in Nigeria would be increased by introducing ways and means to shift the product from bags to measuring in kilos so that farmers and buyers will not be cheated.

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