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Hibiscus exportation generated N3.6bn for Jigawa farmers in 2018 – Official


 Members of the Hibiscus Farmers Association in Jigawa earned N3.6 billion from exportation of hibiscus in 2018 - The disclosure was made on Thursday, January 24, by the president of the association, Alhaji Faruq Abdallah - According to Abdallah, there over 15,000 hibiscus farmers in Jigawa state The Hibiscus Farmers Association in Jigawa on Thursday, January 24, said its members earned N3.6 billion from exportation of hibiscus in 2018.

The association’s chairman, Alhaji Faruq Abdallah, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Hadejia, Jigawa. Legit.ng gathers that he said 15,000 tonnes of hibiscus were produced in the state within the period under review, saying that each tonne was sold at N240,000.

Abdallah listed the major hibiscus-producing areas in the state to include: Gagarawa, Kaugama, Mallammadori, Gumel and Birniwa local government areas. The chairman said there were over 15,000 hibiscus farmers in the state, noting that they sold the commodity to over 30 Kano-based companies. He said "These companies, through their agents, normally buy hibiscus produced by our members and stocked in major markets of Gujungu, Hadejia, Mallammadori, Maigatari, Garungabas and Sara. “They export about 98 per cent of the total hibiscus we produced to Mexico, China, India and Sudan, where the commodity is used in manufacturing beverages, medicine, hair cream, among others." Abdallah commended Governor Muhammad Badaru for his introduction of Clusters Support Programme.

Abdallah said: “Let me tell you without any contradiction that Jigawa cultivates 90 per cent of the total hibiscus produced in the country. “This feat would not have been achieved without the various farm inputs distributed to our members under this programme. “In addition, the governor recently went to Mexico to negotiate, on our behalf, the upward review of hibiscus price per kilogramme to N500 from the current N300." He appealed to the federal government to expand the Cluster Programme to enable the farmers to increase hibiscus production.

Abdallah said if the federal government could expand the clusters support from 50 hectares to between 80 and 100 hectares in every council, production capacity could be increased to about 30,000 tonnes annually. He appealed to the state government to provide more inputs for farmers so as to encourage more people to grow hibiscus. Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) said Nigeria would resume the exportation of hibiscus, popularly known as zobo, to Mexico. Dr Vincent Isegbe, the coordinating director, NAQS, disclosed this in an interview in Abuja on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The director said that in 2017, Nigeria exported 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.


Read more: https://www.legit.ng/1217608-hibiscus-exportation-generated-n36bn-jigawa-farmers-2018-official.html

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