The Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, has approved the hosting of the 1st International Potato Value Chain and other Root Crops Conference and Exhibition organised by ABG Paulas in partnership with the Plateau State government and Grimme, Germany scheduled to hold in September in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
This was made known in a statement signed by Engineer A.G Abubakar, Deputy Director (Engineering & Mechanization), on behalf of the Minister, it reads: “The Ministry is delighted to convey the approval of the Honourable Minister for the International Potato Value Chain and Root crops summit scheduled to hold from September 14th to 16th 2021 at Jos, Plateau State.
“The event is scheduled to open up investment opportunities, create jobs for stakeholders and facilitate increased production as well as food and nutrition security.”
In a press statement sent to journalists by ABG Paulas and signed by its Executive Director, Strategy, Communication and Media, Charles Ozoemena, he said the participants and exhibitors of the expo were drawn from the local and international stakeholders in the agricultural sector, both the public and the private, from local and international organisations.
Some of the local and international organisations that have endorsed this International Expo include German Agribusiness Alliance, African Union (AU), Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, (ARCN), Daily Trust Newspapers, Nigeria in Diaspora Organisation, (NIDO), Germany, office of the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, and the Plateau State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PLACCIMA).
Although Nigerian farmers use subsistence tools to cultivate the root crops, Nigeria ranks as the 4th largest producer of Potato in Sub-Saharan Africa and the 7th largest producer in Africa, a study has shown.