51 Percent of Nation's GDP Drives from Cotton -IAR

By Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed, Zaria

The Executive Director,Institute for Agricultural Research,ABU,Zaria Prof.Ibrahim Umar Abubakar says 51 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product(GDP) is drive from cotton production.

He stated this at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Cotton Master Sample and Production held at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR),ABU Zaria where Ogun,Katsina,Gombe,Kano and Bauchi states delegates participated.

Dr. Abubakar revealed that the Cotton sector of the economy currently provide 700,000 jobs to the teeming youths in the country.

He also disclosed that cotton was used as raw materials to the 51 functional Ginneries in the early 80's while few are still operating and at a very low capacity.

The Executive Director appraised ABU Vice Chancellor,Prof.Ibrahim Garba and other stakeholders for their immense contributions towards the development of cotton production in the country.

In a paper titled "Poverty Alleviation through Cotton" delivered by a renown cotton merchant and chief executive officer of Adahama Textile Kano, Alhaji Saidu Dattijo Adahama said 90 percent cotton produce for sanitary pad and hospital use are not produced in Nigeria.

He pointed out that there is huge market and value chain in cotton production but lamented the long neglect of previous government in making the sub sector a priority.

"In Kano state alone over 5 million women uses sanitary pads on monthly and when you go to hospitals,clinics and health centres, the basic tool is cotton.

"By this simple analysis if you multiply 5 million women using pad monthly by 100 naira it will give you 500 million naira a month from simple sanitary pad alone. "

"How about other products from cotton like singlets and base which majority of males and females uses almost on daily basis, and jerseys for sport men and women." he queried.

Adahama bragged that Agro-allied sub sector of the economy is the strongest and most reliable source of revenue, job creation and value added chain of the economic growth.

He advised stakeholders to hold talks and come up with a viable communique that can be submitted to both executive and legislative arms of government on how to enhance cotton production as well as revive textile industries for sustainable economic growth.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the chief host and Vice Chancellor,Ahmadu Bello University,Zaria,Prof.Ibrahim Garba who was represented by DVC Academic, Prof.Danladi Amadi Ameh encouraged participants to brainstorm and tap from the vast expertise of the resource persons and wealth of experience of the stakeholders.

He pledged the university's readiness to continue to assist in the area of cotton production research and other technical support for mass production of the commodity.