Low use of tech, poor seeds hinder Nigeria’s ginger potential

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Low use of technology and low quality seeds have continued to hinder the Nigeria’s ginger potential as the country has seen its production stagnated over a period of time, farmers say.

The demand for ginger locally and for export has been on the rise but production has not been growing on the same trajectory, owing to the inability of farmers to access good quality seeds to increase their yield per hectare.

Innovation and technology use is still low in ginger production despite the country being the fifth largest producer of the crop, data for the WorldAtlas show.

“Most ginger farmers are not using tractors and other machines for land preparation. This is hindering our ability to increase our ginger production because farmers cannot increase their farming areas owing to the huge manual labour involved but with tractors we can farm on a larger scale,” said Zackari Mohammed, a ginger farmer in Kastina.

“We are still using local knife to split harvested ginger rhizomes but in China and India there is a machine for that. We lack modern processing machines for washing, peeling, splitting and drying kilns.

“Getting quality seeds is also a major issue for us farmers. It is difficult to get quality ginger seeds and most of the seeds in the country are of low quality. These are some of the reason why we are yet to increase our yield per hectare.

He stated that the demand for the country’s ginger is increasing yearly but the production to meet up with the huge demand has been stagnant.

Ginger is one of the most widely used food seasonings in modern diets. It is actually part of the plant family that includes turmeric cardamom that has huge health benefits.

Ginger can be consumed in different forms …