Ganduje tells investors to establish onion processing plants in Kano
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has called on local and foreign investors to establish small, medium and large-scale onion processing plants to boost production and deepen industrialisation.
He made the call on Wednesday while addressing participants of the 4th regional onion conference at Kano Government House.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, stated that Kano, being the third-largest onion-producing state in the country and having one of its biggest markets on the continent, was working alongside the farmers in the state towards enhancing onion production.
He said due to the importance of onion as a vegetable crop, which distinctive flavour and health benefits are appreciated by people around the globe, farmers needed to balance the national production output of 1.6 million metric tonnes of the onion in the country.
“Because of our commitment towards promoting the value chain of onion, we are facilitating ways for the farmers to source for funds that will make them big processors and exporters’’ he said.
Speaking earlier, the President of the National Onion Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria, Aliyu Maitasamu Isa, explained that the country produces only 1.4 million tonnes of onions, instead of 2.5 million tonnes. He, therefore, called for efforts to boost productivity per hectare.
The event was attended by onion producers, processors and other stakeholders across Africa.