NIHORT Trains 120 Youths, Women On Mushroom, Ginger Value Chain

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The National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), last Monday commenced the training of 120 youths and women on Mushroom and ginger value chain in Delta State.
The Executive Director, NIHORT at the training and empowerment in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State, Dr Abayomi Olaniyan, said that mushroom and ginger cultivation and processing could create jobs and earn the country foreign exchange.
The training programme was sponsored by member representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency in the state Dr Nicholas Ossai,.
It was targeted at empowering 120 youths and women drawn from Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West and Ukwuani LGAs under  the constituency.
Olaniyan said that NIHORT had the mandate to conduct research into generic improvement, production, processing, utilisation and marketing of fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and spices including mushrooms and gingers.
According to him, mushroom is one of the important food items which plays significant role in human health, nutrition and good source of protein, vitamins and minerals.
”Mushroom cultivation can help reduce vulnerability to poverty and strengthen livelihood; it is a veritable cash crop with potential promise to generate foreign exchange.
”Ginger on the other hand, is one of the commercial crops produced in Nigeria that can serve as the major source of income to the country.
”The Nigeria’s ginger varieties are acclaimed to be of superior quality and outstanding flavour and a product of preference in international market and it can be processed into ginger powder, oil and oleoresin and so on,” he said.
He encouraged the participants to take the training seriously as it had the power to change their livelihood and create wealth for the nation.