5 November 2009

Nigeria: Farmers to Partner Israel on Biotechnology

Abuja — In order to seize emerging opportunities in the potato market across the globe, the Potato farmers Association of Nigeria (POFAN) said it is now ready to harness the abundant resources through partnership with Israel in the area of biotechnology.

The Chairman of Grow Africa Group Dr. Ken Ife said at the inauguration of the Federal Capita Territory (FCT) branch of POFAN yesterday in Abuja that Nigeria is working with Israel to seek better ways of improving and preserving soil quality for greater yield.

He said: "We are working with Israel on irrigation related matters and also on biotechnology. They are very advance in biotechnological practices of improving soil fertility and they are very efficient in their use of water.

"Nigeria can learn from them so that she can produce food all round the year."

He encouraged the farmers not to relent in their effort at making Nigeria great and in boosting exportation to other countries, saying that potato farmers and farmers in general hold the key to food security in Nigeria.

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