The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in collaboration with the Japan Alumni Association of Nigeria (JAAN), organized a one-day workshop on fruit and vegetable production, handling and post-harvest processing , organized for farmers.
JAAN President Ahmed Agbaranke said the workshop is aimed at helping farmers and traders maximize profits and income from their labor.
“Japan has a long and fruitful relationship with Nigeria, and this has resulted in different forms of collaboration. This workshop is one of the many ways Nigeria and Japan deepen their friendship.
“Farmers can make a significant contribution to the country’s GDP. That’s why we train them on how to increase the profit they get from their products.
One of the workshop’s resource persons, research director at the National Horticultural Research Institute (NHRI) in Ibadan, Oyo State, Dr Rebecca Bolatito Ibe, dispelled the controversies surrounding the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as consumables safe for humans or not, is unnecessary, noting that a GMO is only a job of selection and a means of making things better
The debate over the safety of GMOs has been raging lately. The more researchers try to overcome the fear factor, the more people become skeptical about the safety of GMO products.
She said: “Genetically modified organisms, commonly referred to as GMOs, are harmless to human health. According to scientific research evidence, GMOs are breeding work and a way to make things better and nothing more.
In his welcoming speech, the President of the Japan Alumni Association of Nigeria, Ahmed Agbarakwe, explained that the workshop aimed to empower farmers, producers and vendors to contribute to Nigeria’s GDP.
He reiterated that the market value of fruits and vegetables is such that if handled properly, they can help improve the quality of life for rural farmers and everyone along the value chain.
“Fruits and vegetables have huge economic prospects, but it is as if our farmers are not getting enough profit from their efforts due to poor management, processing and marketing after harvest,” he said.
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