10 February 2021 by Josiah Buzun
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council says it has identified Irish Potatoes as a product from Plateau State with the potential of earning valuable foreign exchange for the Country.
The North Central Regional Coordinator of the Council, Mr Monehin Oluwale stated this at a one day capacity building workshop on repositioning Irish Potatoes in Plateau State for increased yield and export, held in Bokkos LGA of Plateau State.
Mr Oluwole noted that the Workshop would expose participants to the processed involved in Irish potato production and post harvest handling as well as storage of the product.
He expressed the believe that once the one State one product program is achieved in the Plateau, there would be significant improvement in the State’s socio economic wellbeing in terms of employment generation, wealth creation, improved contribution to the Country’s GDP as well as Exports.
In his address the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Joseph Abe said plans are underway to provide cold stores for farmers to store their products and called on them to form cooperative Societies.
Chairman Irish Potato farmers in Bokkos LGA, Isaac Buwah said the potatoes produced in the country have export deficiency.
Speaking on improving farmers access to quality seedlings of Irish Potatoes for enriched yield and quality improvement for export, Mrs Grace Aya Mari of the National Agricultural seed council listed the marketing concept for farmers to include People, products, place, promotion and price.