The Kano State Government has reiterated its commitment to promote the cultivation and sales of onions and other commodities in the state.
This, according to the government, will open more job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.
Governor of the state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, made this known when members of the National Onion Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria visited the Government House in Kano.
Ganduje noted that his state has been giving adequate support to the programmes initiated by the federal government which has made diversification of agriculture one of its core goals.
Represented by his deputy, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the Governor described onion as a perishable vegetable that can be greatly exploited to boost the nation’s economy.
In his words, “We have onion markets spread all over the state because of its importance to the economic growth.”
Ganduje, however, pointed that from time immemorial, farmers had been suffering from post-harvest losses of their products.
He added that with innovations through technology, especially the innovative storage methods, the status is gradually becoming a thing of the past.
The governor, therefore, assured the visitors of continued support, cooperation and collaboration while also imploring them to take advantage of various intervention programmes of the Federal Government to enhance more production and processing of onion.
On his part, the president of the association, Comrade Aliyu Maitasamu Isa, underscored that the purpose of the visit was to inform the governor about the regional international onion conference coming up in Kano later in November.
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