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FG aims to increase coconut production

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Production level expected to be raised to 500,000MT by 2025.

Alhaji Abubakar Kyari, the Minister in charge of Agriculture and Food Security, recently announced the Federal Government’s ambitious plans to bolster Nigeria coconut production. The goal is to raise the current output of 224,186 Metric Tonnes (MT) to an impressive 500,000MT by 2025. This target represents a remarkable 123% surge in the crop production within the country. Speaking during the 2023 10th International Coconut Festival AGUNKEFEST in Badagry, Lagos, Kyari said it is crucial to increase Nigeria coconut production, aiming to elevate Nigeria’s current position of 19th among global coconut producing nations.

He announced the allocation of 1,000 seedlings of the crop specifically for the festival. Kyari said the AGUNKEFEST 2023, with the theme ‘A Decade of Coconut Culture to Ignite Century Action Plan For Coconut Prosperity in Nigeria’ goes beyond a mere celebration of the crops. It serves as a strong call for collaboration amongst farmers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to join forces and foster significant advancements within the sub-sector. Also, the aim is to enrich individually, our localities and the nations as a whole.

Export of the crop and its derivatives can generate over N20bn FX.

Kyari implored Nigerian citizens to forge a collective effort towards propelling the industry’s prosperity and sustainability. In his view, effectively utilizing the sector’s untapped possibilities can yield immense economic advancement. Represented by Mrs. Abimbola Oguntuyi, the Lagos State Coordinator of the ministry, Kyari said agriculture should be served with utmost focus. She highlighted its vast potential as a lucrative business venture that can address critical issues such as unemployment among our youth, boost revenue generation, diversify our economy, lessen our reliance on oil, and secure our sources of income while conserving foreign exchange.

Mrs. Lola Ade-John, the Minister of Tourism, expressed that the festival would serve a dual purpose of advancing tourism and commemorating the rich culture and traditions of Nigeria, while simultaneously providing a substantial boost to the nation’s economy. Mrs. Lola projected that the export of the crop and its derivatives alone had the potential to generate over ₦20 billion in foreign exchange for the country. Mr. Tony Okonju, a Chief Tourism Officer, who represented Mrs. Lola, said if the industry’s potential is harnessed effectively, it holds substantial prospects in catering to the nation’s sustenance, raw materials, financial gains, and employment opportunities.

Govt urged to promote cultivation of the crop across Nigeria.

She said the festival aimed to foster understanding regarding the economical, ecological, and nourishing significance of the crops, as well as promote sustainable industry practices. Mr. Julian Baricuatro, President of the International Coconut Festival, Canada, in his address, called upon the Nigerian government to promote cultivation of the crop across the country, adding that engaging in the crop farming could offer substantial opportunities for the youth. In emphasizing the significance of the nutritional and health values of the crop, he called on the government to actively focus on enhancing the crop’s value chain.

Lagos State Agriculture Commissioner, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, discussed plans to revamp Topo Island in Badagry, the first coconut plantation in West Africa. In her absence, Mr. Oladapo Olakulehin, the General Manager of Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA), who represented her revealed the ministry’s plan to partner with Tourism, Arts, and Culture for the purpose of developing additional alluring tourist destinations in Badagry. Prince Mesi Doheto, the President of African Coconut Heritage Initiative (AFRICOCO), regards the festival as a meeting point between culture and innovation.

Seedlings were distributed to cultivators and marketers.

Moreover, the festival showcases the diverse cultural heritage of diverse communities engaged in the crop production, shedding light on the tremendous global economic importance of the crop. Mesi expressed her gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, LASCODA, Federal Ministries of Tourism and Agriculture, Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research, and the three Councils in Badagry, recognizing their invaluable support. According to NAN, the 2023 festival commenced by initiating plantation of the crop in various areas, then dispersing the seedlings to educational institutions and public areas. A portion of the seedlings were donated to cultivators and marketing associations.


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AN-Toni
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2 months ago

FG aims to increase coconut production. – Production level expected to be raised to 500,000MT by 2025. – Express your point of view.

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

FG wants to see more coconuts produced. By 2025, production is anticipated to increase to 500,000MT.In the agricultural sector, the government intends to augment the production of coconuts. The farmers will benefit greatly from that. To support their production.

Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

Producing more coconuts is FG’s goal. It is critical to make sure that any increase in production, should it be successful in reaching 500,000 tons by 2025, is carried out in a way that does not negatively impact the environment or nearby communities.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

That’s fantastic news! Increasing coconut production in Nigeria is a great initiative by the government. With a target of raising production to 500,000MT by 2025, this move can have numerous positive impacts.
Coconuts are not only delicious and versatile, but they also have various economic and health benefits. By boosting coconut production, Nigeria can create more job opportunities, especially in rural areas where coconut farming is prevalent. This can contribute to poverty reduction and enhance the livelihoods of many Nigerians.
Moreover, coconuts are rich in nutrients and have numerous uses in the food and beverage industry. Increased production can lead to a more sustainable and self-sufficient coconut industry, reducing the need for imports and promoting local consumption.
Furthermore, the expansion of coconut plantations can have positive environmental effects, such as soil conservation and carbon sequestration. Coconuts are known for their ability to thrive in diverse ecosystems, making them a suitable crop for sustainable agriculture.
I’m excited about the potential benefits that increasing coconut production can bring to Nigeria. It’s a step towards economic growth, improved nutrition, and environmental sustainability. 🌴🥥📈