The Federal Government concluded plans for the establishment of three Hibiscus and Sesame testing and screening laboratories in Jigawa state in an attempt to achieves $36 million annually.
This was disclosed by the Jigawa state deputy governor, Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia while speaking to news men in Dutse, said “the government and Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine (NAQ) will establishes testing and screening laboratories in Maigatari, Taura and Andaza in Maigatari, Taura and Kiyawa local government areas”.
Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia explained that this is parts of the state government to achieve an exports of the two products to tone of $36 million sesame and Hibiscus from the state.
According to him “the state is has the best quality Sesame and Hibiscus and also the state is the lagest producers of the the products that is why the government came up with the idea to improve the exports aim at improving the farmers and national economy”.
Barrister Ibrahim Hassan noted that “the hibiscus and sesame from the state is one of the best recognized products in the world”.
According to him all have been set to esterblishes testing laboratories in Maigatari, Taura and Dutse by the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine whom is the only organisation to satify any agricultural produce for export.
He added that “this year the state is expecting over 20,000 farmers to come into cooperative associations and produce the products who to be links with the exporters without the any middle men whom most of the time cheating the farmers.
The deputy governor further disclosed that already the state government provided a warehouse in Maigatari to be handling all the processing of hibiscus and sesame for export.
“The Nigerian Agricultural Quarantile (NAQ), the only organization authorized and saddled with the responsibilities of searching and screening of any import or export on food items in Nigeria said soon local farmers will start benefiting from such effort”, Hadejia emphases.
He said soon the testing laboratory will be established before the end of this month at Maigatari Export and processing zone of the state. “If that laboratory takes up, any export will be screened in that centre before it is exported outside the country”.
Also the Deputy Director of the Quarantile North-west zone, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu who led the team said as experts in that area, they are the only authorized body responsible for the screening of all exports and imports in the country.
He therefore stressed that “we handle anything on food items that are to be exported or imported to make sure that unwanted insects or sand are not taken out of the country amidst our export”.
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