Kaduna Partners World Bank to Process, Export Ginger
Kaduna State government has partnered the World Bank in a bid to create more jobs and increase foreign earnings from the export of ginger which is cultivated in commercial quantity in the state.
Malam Dahiru Abdullahi, Information Officer, Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, on Monday disclosed that the state was collaborating with the Federal Government and the World Bank to establish a world-class Ginger Hub in Kachia Local Government Area.
He said that the state government planned to establish a new processing plant, in addition to reviving the old one that had been abandoned and shut down for decades.
The official said that some experts would soon conduct surveys and collect data to develop a framework to enhance Global best practices in Ginger farming.
“The idea is to enable the state, being Nigeria’s major producer of Ginger, benchmark the country’s product in the global market.
“Nigeria’s Ginger is grown commercially only in Kaduna State, with its quality adjudged to be among the best at the international market.
“However, production and processing remain traditional without mechanization and technology which makes it substandard,” he said.
Abdullahi said that the state, through the Federal Government-World Bank assisted programme on Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS), would establish a Standard Ginger Corridor in the area.
Abdullahi said the facilities, when fully in place, would create thousands of employment opportunities for Youths and Women and would attract local and direct foreign investments.
He said the state had already released N48 million as initial capital to APPEALS for the take-off of its programmes.
The state government, according to the official, had set up Ginger Aggregation Centre at Assako, near Kachia, with a storage capacity of 75,000 mt and Ginger cleaning facility as part of effort to improve standards.