By Bashir Mohammed
Kano state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, has expressed the determination of the state government to support agricultural development.
Speaking at the Nigeria Yield Wise Stakeholders Convening meeting yesterday, Gawuna, who said agriculture was Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s major priority, explained that the objective of the meeting was to build synergy of all stakeholders in the tomato value chain, with a view to improving on the successes recorded in the tomato triangle.
Gawuna, who was represented by the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Engr. Balarabe Sabo, added that the meeting was meant to pave the way for the entire developmental processes of the tomato value chain concept in the country with reference to Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna and Katsina states.
In her remarks, the Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, Africa Regional Office, Mrs Betty Kibaara, said food loss was cross cutting in Africa and that the focus of agricultural growth had been on productivity and expansion of farm land.
According to her, one third of the world’s available food never made it from farm to table, adding that food loss was enough to feed the 1.2billion hungry or undernourished people on the planet.
She said because food loss and waste was an all inclusive problem, eliminating it required an all inclusive solution that looks across global food system, to identify where the biggest losses occured and provide incentives for solving the problems at the root.
He said the Yield Wise initiative integrates four key components; market access, farmer aggregation, training, access to finance and post harvest technologies.