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Friday, 24 February 2017

Chinese Government Demands Dry Yam From Nigeria

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh on Thursday, in Abuja disclosed that the Chinese government has demanded dry yam from Nigeria to meet industrial and domestic needs.

According to the minister, Nigeria has remained one of the world’s largest producer of yam, which accounts for 61.7 per cent of the global production of the rot crop, while there are over 60 varieties of yam, but sadly, Nigeria not among yam exporting countries.

He assured that local production and consumption of the commodity would not be affected by the move to export yam soon, rather government would scale up intervention in yam production, as farmers in the country have indicated willingness to increase production to meet both local and international demands.

He noted that high level of yam production was going on in Zakibiam in Benue State, the Minister said government would leverage on it and also spread production across the entire country.

However, he lamented Ghana, which produces far less than any yam producing state in Nigeria, has taken over the European market.

A technical working committee has been inaugurated to fast track the exportation of yam by July 2017.

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