The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has facilitated the commissioning of a 50 metric tonnes of yam seed storage facility at the Faculty of Agriculture, Nasarawa State University.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Suleiman Mohammed lauded the development, noting that it would promote economic diversification and agricultural transformation, in the line with the Federal Government’s policies.
According to him, ease of access to yam seeds for the farmers and a transformation of agribusiness in the country, while promoting research, are also the merits of this initiative.
He further disclosed that the sum of N35 million was utilised for this project. He explained that the funds were released by the Nasarawa State Government to establish an aeroponics system for seed production, which is also a component of the yam value chain.
Speaking at the ceremony, Nanono asserted that the newly commissioned facility will generate no fewer than 200 jobs along the yam value chain, and also enhance teaching and research including income generation for farmers in the State.
He said, “The huge output of using clean seed yam will boost production, increase earnings of yam farmers and enhance export of yam from Nasarawa.
“The location of the facility inside Nasarawa State University will immensely add value in terms of teaching and research, and this facility will generate about 200 jobs along the yam value chain.”
Still on efforts to improve the yam value chain, the Federal Government, through the National Varietal Release Committee (NVRC) released three new varieties in December, Agronigeria reported.
The released varieties are; UMU da 31, UMU dr 29 and UMU dr 30.
The three varieties were released based on the slow rate of oxidation, ability to be eaten in pounded form, high yield and high dry matter content, it was gathered.
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