Nigerian Ginger Can Compete Favorably In Global Market
Nigerian ginger must be produced without alfatoxins, which are the most potent human liver carcinogens, in order to compete well on the international market and generate foreign cash.
At the weekend’s capacity development workshop in Asaba, Delta State with the theme “Scaling Solutions to Control Aflatoxins in Ginger Value Chain in Nigeria for Ginger Farmers and Processors,” the director of the Federal Department of Agriculture, Engr. A.G. Abubakar, made the announcement.
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Engr. A.G. Abubakar added that ginger is a significant export crop and that Nigeria is the world’s top producer, producing almost 523,000 metric tonnes of it each year, or 14% of the entire global production.
However, problems brought on by aflatoxin contamination pose significant impediments to enhancing Nigerian ginger growers’ competitiveness and connecting them to lucrative markets.
Elder Gideon Nwaomu, the chairman of the board of trustees for the Delta State branch of the Ginger Association of Nigeria (GAN), stated that the organization’s mission was to enhance the standard of living for farmers by encouraging them to grow and use ginger.
There is ample experimental and scientific proof that ingesting naturally occurring, disease-free ginger can aid in treating illnesses including upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, osteoarthritis pain, headache from arthritis, excessive blood sugar, and high cholesterol, among others.
I personally and humbly believe that anything that endangers the expansion and survival of the ginger business also endangers the well-being, progress, and financial prosperity of our country and its citizens, the man stated.
According to Mr. Onovroke Ifonedo, state director for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FMARD), ginger may be grown in nearly all of the nation’s states, including the Federal Capital Territory, with Kaduna accounting for 75% of annual national production.