600 potato farmers in Niger to benefit from potato value chain development program
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says that 600 potato farmers in Niger will benefit from its potato value chain development program (VCDP) for the 2021 farming season.
Mr. Adegoke Adedamola, Desk Officer, potato VCDP, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja: “This will ensure that 300 female farmers and 300 male farmers benefit from this arrangement.
He went on to say that the measure was to support the adoption of vitamin A-rich sweet potato, which would help build people’s immune systems in the country. He assured the farmers that the ministry would address challenges of bad and incomplete stems.
National President, Potato Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (PFAN), Mr. Daniel Okafor, said that timely replacement of the rotten and incomplete potato stems would enable the farmers to get the required yield.
Earlier, Alhaji Shehu Galadima, State Chairman, All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN), appealed for collaboration between government and farmers in order to ensure sustainability in agriculture.