In a bid to boost economic activities in Niger state, the State Government has expressed determination to re-organize the informal sector of agricultural value-chain.
According to the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, government will develop products like mango fruit and other perishable farm produces.
The Governor stated this when he paid an unscheduled visit to Kwakuti and Paiko Mango fruits markets along Minna-Abuja road of Niger state.
He said, “It is important to organize informal sector of agricultural value-chain. This will boost economic activities in the state. It will also create employment opportunities and increase Internally Generated Revenue(IGR).”
Bello assured farmers, various stakeholders and investors in agriculture of his determination to develop the value-chain in the sector.
“I am very pleased with what I have seen in Kwakuti and Paiko Mango markets. A large number of people benefit from business transaction that go on between mango owners and buyers who come from far and near to buy mangoes in Niger state.
“It is important that we intervene in providing infrastructure such as accommodation, mosque, fence, water and where necessary storage facilities.
Bello then emphasized that development of small and medium enterprises would boost agricultural sector of the state with the provision of storage facilities to assist entreprenuers engaged in seasonal fruit trading.
While briefing the Governor on their activities, some of the traders revealed that some of the packaged mangoes are taken to far places like Mali and other neighboring countries.
“We are very happy with Governor Abubakar Sani Bello visit. We have been doing this business and transporting mango fruit to Mali and other neighboring countries for the past 35 years from Niger state. No Governor has ever visited us. We commend him for the interest shown in our business. And his willingness to support us. We will cooperate with him.”