Yam Exportation Dream: Registration Of Farmers Begins
Nigeria wants to export yam as a source of revenue for farmers and the nation.
The government believes one way to actualise the dream is to properly coordinate yam farmers.
Yam can grow in all Nigerian states and the government wants a record of all persons that plant the cash crop.
In line with the exportation dream, the Yam Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria has commenced the registration of its members in the 36 states of the federation.
The Acting President of the association, Professor Simon Irtwange, told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that the exercise is aimed making members accountable.
“At the corporate level, we are registering corporate organisations that are doing yam farming, corporate yam farmers, yam exporters, yam off-takers, yam aggregators and affiliate cooperatives.
“Registration has commenced all over the country.
“So, that process is on-going now; it is after we have registered that all these training in collaboration with IITA can commence effectively”.
He advised yam farmers across Nigeria to form and join cooperatives societies to facilitate export of their produce.
According to him, a container of yam has about 12,000 tubers and if you have 12,000 to 14,000 tubers as a cooperative, you can export a container.
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The committee will further assist farmers’ cooperative societies by giving them the templates and requirements to avoid rejection of their produce at the international market.
“Whatever we are doing at the level of the technical committee, we are doing for the benefit of the yam association.
“We are creating that environment for them to be able to export their yams.
“They should farm as much as possible; we are here to ensure that they get the best price for their farm work.
“They will get premium price for the export quality yam they are going to sell.
“So, we have to develop the market in such a way that there are people over there in other countries that will be ready to off-take from our people here who are also ready to export".