The Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project Coordinator for Kaduna State, Yahaya Aminu, has expressed his dismay at the severe difficulties that ginger growers in the state have encountered this growing season.
Aminu lamented, “The plight of ginger farmers directly impacts both the state and the nation,” at the beginning of the delivery of seed, agro-chemicals, and equipment to ginger farmers in southern Kaduna.
He talked about how ginger production had increased dramatically in recent years across the state, but how fungal infections have devastated nearly all ginger fields this season.
Aminu urged the ginger growers to make good use of the free seeds, chemicals, and tools they were given.
700 bags of ginger seeds, 205 cases of agricultural chemicals, and 85 sprayers were dispersed.
Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, expressed sympathy for the affected ginger farmers through her representative, James Atung Kanyip. She said that the value of the ninety-five percent of the lost ginger crops was estimated at ten billion naira.
She spoke highly of APPEALS’ efforts to aid ginger producers in Southern Kaduna.