I do agro-pro­cess­ing to pay grow­ing fam­ily bills –Fe­male pro­ces­sor

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE -

Mrs Patu Jonah is a ginger and moringa (zo­gale) farmer. She hails from Zango Kataf Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment but lives in Muku Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in Kaduna State. She told our re­porters in an in­ter­view at the Abuja Trade Fair Ground how she started adding value to agri­cul­tural pro­duce in or­der to earn more money to pay grow­ing fam­ily bills. What prod­ucts do you have on dis­play here and who pro­duced them?

The prod­ucts you see here I pro­duced them with my ten fin­gers that God gave me. There is pep­per spice mixed with gar­lic, ginger, aloe vera, cray fish and the rest of in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing the won­der­ful tree God cre­ated called moringa.

Do you farm the crops you process?

I farm ginger and moringa but buy gar­lic and oth­ers.

How did you go pro­cess­ing?

I started just like that. I wanted to earn more in­come be­cause fam­ily needs were grow­ing. You know if God wants to give you food, there are many ways He can give you; through your tal­ent, through your re­search etc.. Through re­search of the moringa on the in­ter­net, from the doc­tors etc. we get use­ful in­for­ma­tion.

How is the mar­ket for your prod­ucts?

The mar­ket was mov­ing well

into be­fore, but now it’s slow be­cause many peo­ple are farm­ing moringa and they get it from their farms.

Af­ter all the value ad­di­tion do you make gains?

There is a lit­tle gain be­cause you know the mar­ket is not at higher level.

Can the money you make take care of your fam­ily and other things?

Yes. I make some money which we use for the fam­ily and pay chil­dren’s school fees and other bills.

Mrs Patu Jonah

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