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Producers urge govt to create enabling business environment

The National Onion Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria has appealed to both the Federal Government and states to create an enabling environment.

The association also reiterated its commitment towards the promoting the goals and visions of the Federal Government in implementing strategies that would facilitate the development of the non-oil sector for job creation and for exportation.

The appeal was made by the National President of NOPPMAN, Alhaji Aliyu Isah Maitsasumu,  during the association’s National Executive Meeting in 6, Abuja.

Maitsasumu said, “the bone of discussion was to discuss the achievements recorded so far in the onion sub-sector, challenges they are facing and look at the way forward to solve those challenges that arise from the successes recorded.”

While highlighting some of the successes, the NOPPMAN president said, “the association has been able to initiate formal and documented exports, embarking on modern onion storage facility in Kuje, Abuja, which is the new initiative in the whole sub-Saharan Africa.”

The challenges, according to him, included double conversion rate, shortage in production, and high-interest rate from commercial banks.

According to him, “We have discussed the achievements recorded so far in the onion sub-sector and how to complement those achievements. We also looked at challenges we are facing and looking way forward on how to solve those challenges that arises from the successes recorded.

“This will go a long way for the NOPPMAN to achieve its aims and goals in the area of contributing to the increment of Nigerian Gross Domestic Product and creating job opportunities through effective and efficient onion production.”

Nigeria produces 1.4 million metric tons of onions, which fall short of its domestic demand of 2.5 million metric tons.

This demand gap is largely caused by the inability to access necessary farming inputs on a timely basis, post-harvest losses due to the poor storage facility and inadequate processing plants due to lack of access to cheap credit facilities from government interventions.

The association said it had been able to initiate modern storage facility for onion production, which was the new initiative in the whole sub-Saharan Africa.

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