Beans for export: Nigerian government trains farmers in 10 states on quality

In a bid to ensure that beans farmed in Nigeria are of top export quality, the country’s ministry of agriculture and rural development working with Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has begun training farmers from 10 states of the federation.

Participants are drawn from Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Niger, Oyo, Lagos, Gombe and Katsina.

Maimuna Abdullahi, a director at NAQS said at a sensitization workshop on good agricultural practice that it was imperative for farmers to align their practices with good knowledge.

Such processes include early preparation of the land to ensure that they have good seeds, use of right pesticides or herbicides.

“For us to resuscitate that market, we have to do a lot of sensitization programmes to ensure that farmers are doing the right thing through agricultural practice,” Abdullahi said.

Bashir Bataiya, the chairman, Nigeria Association of Beans Farmers, Kano chapter, said the training would assist them to understand modern ways of processing beans for exportation.

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