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FMARD, stakeholders brainstorm on sustaining improved yam seedling

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) and other relevant stakeholders in the yam value chain exchanged ideas on Thursday on how to sustain the IITA-YIIFSWA-II project to boost the income and food security in Nigeria. .

Dr. Perpetua Iyere-Usiahon, Yam Value Chain Officer, FMARD, said in Abuja at the 2021 Yam Stakeholder Forum under the YIIFSWA-II Project, that it was necessary to plan the sustainability strategy of the draft.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that IITA-YIIFSWA-II, which funded the Foundation, would close on December 31, after ten years of active research work.

Iyere-Usiabon, who represented the Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Mr. Ernest Umakhihe, said before the advent of the new technology; farmers could only harvest seven tons per hectare, but with the new seed system now in place, farmers could get up to 25 tons per hectare.

He urged stakeholders to work together and ensure that the project continues to benefit farmers and Nigerians to improve food security.

NASC CEO Dr. Philip Ojo said the project had endeavored to develop the formal yam seed system through the research efforts of scientists, which had led to several breakthroughs.

“We have come to develop strategies to sustain the forum to foster collaboration and synergy to share information and solve problems for better production in yam production to improve income, livelihoods and food security,” he said.

He added that the advancement of the project had offered practical technological and crop management solutions to the challenges of yam production in the country.

He said that some of the crop management technologies and techniques that changed the narrative of yam productivity in the country included high-ratio propagation technologies, such as: the Temporary Immersion Bioreactor System (TIBS) and the Aeroponics System. (ACE).

Listed others to include: Single node vine cutting for rapid multiplication of disease free clean seed yams and availability of quality seed yam quantities to plant for farmers at an affordable price.

He said NASC was making efforts to maintain the benefits of the project, adding that the commission was equipping its laboratory and training its staff in this direction.

However, he complained that the new technology that was having a positive impact on yam production in Nigeria and West African countries was not yet widely known or adopted in the value chain.

He called for partnership between stakeholders to make sourcing, production, marketing and export easier and more productive of new technology.

Professor Simon Irtwange, president of the National Association of Yam Farmers, Processors and Traders, said Nigeria was plagued with hunger for many reasons, including insecurity and a lack of seeds for farmers.

He said that increased productivity was necessary to address the problem of hunger, such as seeds, but nonetheless expressed his enthusiasm for the positive impacts of current technology, especially in the yam seed system.

“We now have high-rate propagation technologies, including vine cut planting that would help us achieve maximum yield because the viruses and diseases associated with yam have been eliminated.

“We are happy that the seed companies have promised us that they have enough seed yams to be able to give it to farmers so that we can plant and have the maximum yield to take care of the abundant population that yearns for food. .

“And this will also provide food security to our country,” he said.

Additionally, Zidafamor Jimmy, Director, Seed Management and Coordination Service, NASC, said that the project had had a positive impact on yam production and that there was a need for stakeholders to exchange ideas to ensure its sustainability. .

Source: NAN

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