KANO — Kano State government has pledged to continue to encourage and promote the farming and sales of onions and other commodities in order to open opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.
Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made this known when members of the National Onion Producers, Processors, and Marketers Association Of Nigeria paid a visit to him at the Government House, Kano.
Represented by his deputy, Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the Governor said Kano State had been giving adequate support to the programmes initiated by the federal government led by President Muhammad Buhari which made diversification of agriculture one of its goals.
“We have onion markets spread all over the state because of its importance to the economic growth.”
“Since time immemorial farmers had been suffering a lot in the area of post-harvest losses, now with new innovations through technology especially the storage methods that have become a thing of the past,” he said.
He described onion as a perishable vegetable that must be exploited to boost the nation’s economy, assuring them of continued support, cooperation, and collaboration.
Ganduje implored them to take advantage of the intervention programmes initiated by the federal government so as to enhance more production and processing of onion.
In his remark, the president of the association, Comrade Aliyu Maitasamu Isa, said the visit was to intimate the governor about the upcoming regional international onion conference to hold in Kano later in November.
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