Departmental Sep08 THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF THE NATIONAL POTATO STRATEGY 2023-2028, HELD AT CRISPAN SUITES RAYFIELD JOS, PLATEAU STATE The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security officially launched the National Potato Strategy 2023-2028 at the CRISPAN Suites Rayfield Jos, Plateau State. The launching whcih was done on the 7th of September, 2023 was done to usher in an era of productive competitiveness in the Nigerian potato industry The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director FederalDepartment of Agriculture Engr. Abubakar Garba stated in his opening remarksthat it was his pleasure to be in this illustrious occasion of the launching ofthe National Potato Strategy 2023-2028 following the successful launch of theNational Rice Policy Document by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and RuralDevelopment. He reiterate the Ministry’s commitment towards the development of Nigeria’sAgricultural sector. He said our goal is to stimulate economic growth throughvarious agricultural value chain activities, thereby creating employmentopportunities and improved livelihoods for our teeming youths and women. Cross section of participants at the event in Jos, Plateau State. The Permanent Secretary assured everyone that food and nutrition security isa priority for the Ministry and we are committed to achieving it. He said theMinistry is embarking on massive production, processing, value addition andproduct development to be the bedrock for driving our industries. Thislaunching couldn’t have been better timed, following President’s recentdirective on the intensification of crop production. He said he had no doubtthat the Nigerian Potato industry has the potential to become globally competitivegiven the country’s strong comparative advantage in production. Potatoes can becommercially grown in 12 States which holds well for the activities of manystakeholders. He further stressed that the essence of this strategy is to ensure sustainablefood and nutrition security with a view to catalysing the rapid transformationof the Nigerian potato sector into a commercially viable sub-sector of theAgricultural Value Chains as a major export product. He stated that theMinistry is aware of the challenges in the agricultural sector, nevertheless Iassure that necessary measures are being taken to address them accordingly.Proactive initiatives, such as this National Potato Strategy creates avenue forinclusive collaborations to chart the way forward. Finally, the PS recognized and commend the selfless contribution of GIZ’sGlobal Programmes “Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and FoodSector-Nigeria’’ (GIAE), International Potato Centre (CIP) Nairobi, Kenya andother key stakeholders involved in the development of the National PotatoStrategy Document 2023-2028.