Plateau has taken up the challenge to boost potato value chain support project of the African Development Bank, ADB according to the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Hosea Istifanus Finangwai has said.
Plateau state will soon commence producing 24 metric tons of potatoes as one of the beneficiary African Development Bank ,ADB, to support ,boost potato value chain support project in Nigeria .
Speaking to journalists at the ground- breaking ceremony of ADB support project for tissues culture laboratory along Gindiri Road in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau state, Finangwai said the state would soon commence the production of 24 metric tons of potatos across farms in 9 Local government areas.
According to him, the permanent site was aimed at controlling pesticides ,disease control and improve variety of crops especially with research going on high yields potatoes to replace the old variety which was introduce since 1989 .
He explained further that the Lalong administration came in with agricultural revolutionary policy and tackle the present climate change which had continue to affected post harvest lost to our farmers and the challenges of storage ,processing and marketing .
Dr Finangwai maintained that the rural cottages industries stand to benefit tremendously from the project while it would make agriculture attractive to encourage youth participation in farming activities.
He commended the ADB and Governor Simon Lalong for paying the counterpart funds for the farmers to also improve their productivity ,create employment opportunity and stimulating climate change which is beginning to ravage our farms.
Hosea said the focus is to look into diseases that affect yield and bring in improve control variety with low moisture because of the shortest of rainfalls that reduce farmers turnover .
The state Coordinator Tomas Moupship emphasized that one of the major challenges of farmers is lack of store house, preservation and diseases control .
He said Plateau state is one of the states that enjoy 95 per cent of potato production in the country and in the last four years potatoes farming communities were complaining of devastating effect of the outbreak of disease.