FG Launches Plan to Boost Potato Production

The Federal Government has launched a 5-year national strategic plan to boost potato production in Nigeria.

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari said the government aimed to stimulate economic growth through various agricultural value chain activities.

Kyari stated that implementing the National Potato Strategy from 2023 to 2028 would follow in the footsteps of the rice policy to usher in an era of productive competitiveness in the Nigerian potato industry.

He said: “The essence of this strategy is to ensure sustainable food and nutrition security with a view to catalysing the rapid transformation of the Nigerian potato sector into a commercially viable sub-sector of the Agricultural Value Chains as a major export product.

“The Ministry is aware of the challenges in the agricultural sector and necessary measures are being taken to address them accordingly. And that is why the ministry is embarking on massive production, processing, value addition, and product development,”