In its efforts to improve organic farming, particularly in the production of castor and ginger, the Federal Government of Nigeria has trained 60 farmers in organic farming in Kaduna State.
The training was organized in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Investment and the Poise Resource Center.
Speaking at the one-day capacity building event for Castor and Ginger chain development for export in Kaduna on Friday, the Deputy Director of Commodities of the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Investment, Jerry Kaura, revealed that the world is moving towards the organic aspect of agricultural production.
The deputy director who represented the minister, Adeniyi Adebayo, advised the participants to take the training workshop seriously, adding that the federal government will provide all necessary financial support to the farmers in order to improve the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Also speaking, the National Chairman of the National Ginger Association, Squadron Leader Nuhu Bagani Daudu said that organic products have reached a climate in which organic products are better sold due to their benefits for the consumers.
Daudu further explained that the workshop also aimed to project the members into the ginger value chain.
The National President further explained that “we are about to be registered with the ‘Trade Key’; American organization across the value chain so that our ginger growers can have a soft landing where the middleman does not become a problem to export their ginger”.
Responding to questions on access to loans for members, he said, hence the need to bring farmers together to facilitate access to government loans.
“Currently we are working seriously with a Nigerian bank on how to secure a loan for our members. Now the bank does georeferencing for our farmers. The bank is also trying to move our product to a platform called easy club platform so that our farmers can access a loan,” Daudu revealed.
Aisha Yusuf, who was the resource person during the training, also emphasized the need for participants to take the training workshop seriously as it would help them improve their productivity.
Speaking at the event, National Ginger Association State Chairman, Kaduna Chapter Joseph Danboyi said the workshop was aimed at refreshing and educating members for better productivity. According to him, agriculture has moved from normal production to a level where products can be accepted worldwide.
“To face the reality of agriculture, that’s why we invited professionals to this workshop to give us ideas on what to do especially now that we are talking about the organic side of agricultural products which can be accepted in the international market,” Danboyi explained.