Nigerian Yam Export Programme, (NYEP) has said that Nigeria can earn N4.01 trillion on seed yam annually if it embraces Aeroponics planting system.
Chairman Technical Committee, NYEP, Prof. Simon Irtuwange who disclosed this at a news conference in Makurdi on Monday noted that yam has the potential to boost the country’s economy if given needed attention.
Aeroponics; a plant-cultivation technique in which the roots hang suspended in the air while nutrient solution is delivered to them in the form of a fine mist was developed by the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Earlier, the central person for Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation for YIIFSWA, Nigeria, Perpetual Iyere-Usiahon, said their team was in Benue State to educate farmers and stakeholders on the adoption of the new system for improved income and productivity.
According to her, “This advocacy became necessary to sensitize farmers and other investors to take advantage of the new technology and grow their wealth. We are all part of the value chains in one way or the other as producers, consumers of goods and services, processors, retailers, finance providers and so on.”
Usiahon stressed that the new system would eliminate post-harvest loss, and also generate profit for the farmer, state and country at large.