OrderPaperToday– The House of Representatives has urged the executive to tap into the potential revenue generation in the processing and export of ginger which is estimated at $4.18 billion within 2 years.
It, therefore, directed the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to immediately designate ginger as a priority crop and give it the necessary attention it deserves.
The House also urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to provide more processing facilities and also secure all the necessary certifications like Good Agricultural Practices(GAP), Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and United State Department of Agriculture USDA to ensure immediate export.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was also directed by the lawmakers to set aside a special intervention fund for ginger farming and processing for value addition and production of useful by-products.
These resolutions were reached after the lawmakers approved a motion moved by Mr. Gabriel Saleh Zock (PDP, Taraba) who said the that revenue drive for more ginger production was an important scheme necessary to finance the budget and enable the government to execute its programmes and for diversification of the economy.
He also added that exports are crucial components of a country’s economy as they facilitate international trade and stimulate domestic economic activities through creating production, revenue and employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.
The Adamawa lawmaker also noted that ginger cannot be produced in Europe, thereby making its countries the highest importers of ginger in the world. He disclosed that since 2013, the import volume of ginger by countries of the European Union has increased by 12% annually and in 2017 alone, more than 70% of their total imports were sourced directly from developing countries.
Mr. Saleh explained further that in February 19, 2019, the Transparency Market Research (TMR), a globally recognised Market Research, Analysis and Intelligence Firm (MRAIF) predicted that the global ginger market is expected to gain revenue worth US$4.18 billion by the end of 2022.
“It would be recalled that the former minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Prof. Adewumi Adeshina, had posited on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at the Africa International Investment Summit and Expo (Africinvest, 2018) that Nigeria has the best quality of ginger in the world, therefore making it next to crude oil.
“Ginger is heavily produced in Kachia, Kagarko, Jaba and Zango Kataf Local Government Areas of Kaduna State, accounting for more than 80% of the total ginger produce in Nigeria and is the finest in the world and the fact that ginger finds wide range application in culinary, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as pharmacology makes it an indispensable commodity.
Supporting the motion, some members said despite the tall statistics, there was no significant value to the Gross Domestic Product of the country, probably due to neglect by government and other investors.
The motion was unanimously adopted when Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila put the question and the relevant committees asked to ensure that the federal government’s anchor borrowing is used to finance ginger production.
The committees on Agricultural Production and Services, Commerce and Industry were mandated to ensure implementation.