By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The State Project Coordinator Kaduna Agro Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS), Dr. Aminu Yahaya has expressed excitement that beneficiaries from the state stood out at an exhibition organised by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Nasarawa State last week.
Speaking at the event organised by the Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture on Monday October 17, 2022 to mark the World Food Day, he said all the items displayed were sold out, with more being demanded.
“Last week, FG did a celebration with an exhibition ahead of the World Food Day and some of these beneficiaries from Kaduna State were in Nasarawa to showcase and they made us proud.
“Each of the items they displayed there were sold and some were even ordering from Kaduna for more supplies because they were getting orders.
“Some of these products are what you get everywhere, but because of premium attached,it made their products to stand out, most of them even got orders from hotels in Abuja to be supplying eggs, rice and others,” he said.
According to him, Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture places high premium on development of the sector, an effort that is already yeilding results.
“Four years back in 2019, Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project being implemented by the Kaduna State Government and the World Bank started, to enhance agric productivity and increase productivity along value chains of ginger, dairy and maize in Kaduna State.
“We are proud to be part of this activity because of the premium the commissioner gives to delivery of assignment. We thank you so much for your commitment.
“We were focused on advocacy and sensitization. To create awareness on the project but today, we have moved forward, we are showing the fruits of success recorded,” he said.
According to him, so many beneficiaries of APPEALS are at the exhibition organised by the Kafina State Ministry of Agriculture showcasing their products and achievement.
In his remarks, the Honourable Commissioner of Agriculture Kaduna State, , Malam Ibrahim Husain said the World Food Day is a declaration by the United Nations declared for 16 October annually.
“This day is significant to everyone, this year’s theme, “Leave No One Behind” is apt because I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t eat food, so no one is left behind.
“We must encourage ourselves with the potentials we have in Kadunà and Nigeria, we should be practicing agriculture to grow what we would eat in our houses,” he said.
The commissioner said that, “Nigeria’s population today stands at about 220m, if we don’t farm and feed everyone, we would be in trouble.
“Kaduna is at the forefront in the nation, with comparative advantages, we are number one in production of maize in Nigeria, we are number one of ginger production in Africa, we are number three in production of soybeans in Nigeria.
“We are doing well in production of eggs, potatoes and tomatoes,” he said.