German agency launches radio programme to boost potato value in Nigeria
London, July 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)- A German agency, German International Corporation (GIZ) or (Deutsche Gallschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit), has launched a radio programme in Plateau State, middle belt, Nigeria to help transform fast staple food production and create employment along the potato value chain in Nigeria.
The German agency started the programme in partnership with Farm Radio International and Green Innovation Center for Agriculture and Food Sector in Nigeria. It is also supported by the Plateau State Government.
The programme was launched on Thursday in Jos, Plateau State. To broadcast in Hausa language, the programme is tagged “Dankali: Rumbum Arsiki”, which in Hausa means “Potato is the Store House of Wealth.”
It made its debut between 18hous and 19hours GMT on Plateau State Radio Corporation 90.5 FM on Thursday. There will be repeat broadcast every Friday for one year at the pilot stage.
Speaking at the launch, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, said the Farm Radio Programme initiative will complement his government’s efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger in the state and the nation as whole.
In his address delivered by his deputy, Sonni Tyoden, the governor said: “because of the importance government placed on agriculture, the partnership between GIZ and the state government has led to the training of 20,000 potato farmers in both group agricultural practices and farmers business school”.
“The state government has in addition recently made fertilizer and other farm inputs available at the subsidized rate for farmers for the 2019 cropping season. Besides, other farmers friendly policies introduced to ensure food sufficiency in the state,” he added.
Mr Lalong advised the private sector to embrace the initiative. “This will ensure the programme’s continuity for the sustainability of food security in the country as” it is another significant milestone in agricultural revolutionary policy campaign,” he said.
The Country Director GIZ, Hans-Ludwig Bruns, said the main purpose of the farm radio initiative is to build the capacity of small holder farmers to tool trainees projects.
He said since 2016, 190,000 farmers have been reached to tool trainees in the field of good agricultural practices and farmers business school.