The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has ranked Nigeria as one of the world’s largest yam producers with about 60% of the global production of yams.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammed Umar Bello at the National Awareness Workshop on Yam which held at Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The workshop was organized by the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Team (ARMT) of Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA).
Dr. Bello, who was represented by the Director of Agriculture, Engr Frank Kudla, stated that despite Nigeria producing about 64% of yam globally, it is quite a low rating amongst other yam exporting countries due to the lack of efficient seed production and quality seeds of improved varieties.
The minister in a statement, further said that the YIIFSWA program saw the need to develop high ratio multiplication technologies, a seed multiplication system that is sustainable and capable of producing high-quality yam seeds at an affordable price to farmers with high yielding potential.
According to him, the current practice in yam seed production is at a ratio of 1:1 within 12 months, however, the new technology will produce a 1:3 ratio within six months.
Meanwhile, The Focal Person of the ARMT and YIIFWA Nigeria Team, Dr. Pepetua Iyere-Usiahon, stated that the major reason for the YIIFWA program is the urgent need for food security in Nigeria.