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Osita Aboloma, the Director General of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has urged farmers and processors of sorghum to embrace constant innovations provided in the standardisation process, in order to earn premium on the commercialisation of high quality sorghum products.

Aboloma, who stated this in Kano while presenting a paper at a training on food safety standards for food processors, stressed the need for Nigerian farmers and regulatory agencies to work together to foster the desired level of growth in quality food processing generally, with particular reference to sorghum products.

The training, which was organised by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), among others, was part of the Federal Government Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme Phase 1 (ATASP -1).

Also speaking, Hakeem Ajeigbe, Sorghum Commodity Specialist/ICRISAT Nigeria Country Representative, enumerated the objectives of the project which, among others, is to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers and processors and improve value addition along priority value chains in the participating states.

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