According to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Abubakar, Nigeria produces about two million tons of onions annually. Abubakar said this at the 4th Regional Onion Annual Conference and General Meeting, held in Kano.
He pledged to support onion farmers to boost their production, for domestic and export purposes. “One of the commonly consumed vegetable crop in Nigeria is onion. In fact, Nigeria is among the largest producers of onions in the world with over two million tons produced annually.”
National NOPPMAN President Aliyu Isah-Maitasamu said that conference would give them opportunity to review their activities after the COVID-19 pandemic. According to vanguardngr.com, he said the country required about 2.5 million tons of onions annually.
Establishing processing plants will promote onion production value chain
Kano State governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has called for the establishment of small, medium and large scale processing plants to boost the production of the vegetable crop. The governor, represented by his Deputy, Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano being the third largest onion producing state in the country and having one of its biggest markets in the continent, his administration is working alongside the farmers in the state to enhance their production.