NAQS tasks Ganduje on pigeon pea production for export
From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service has tasked Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to initiate a programme of massive pigeon pea production for the state farmers to meet the $100bn market in India.
The agency stated this recently when it visited the governor in recognition of Kano state’s efforts at harnessing irrigation management in agro-production for export as well as to discuss ways to enable farmers in the state to key into the $100bn pigeon pea Indian export deal recently negotiated with the Nigerian government.
Dr Vincent Isegbe, coordinating director of NAQS, who spoke to newsmen in Dutse also urged the governor to reposition the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport to enhance exportation of agricultural commodities.
“NAQS will help farmers in the state attain international standards. We advise your state to opt to serve as the off-taker of the product to have leverage and coordinate its export,” he said.
Highlight of the meeting was the presentation of NAQS Outstanding Achievement Award to Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in recognition of his contributions in agro-production for export.
The team comprised Dr Maimuna Habib, director of laboratory management services; Mrs Ifeanyi Ukpai, awards committee; and Dr Chigozie Nwodo of the public relations unit.