FG Promises To Endorse Cashew Farming
The Federal Government has assured farmers that it is prepared to assist the cashew sub-sector in the country.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Abubakar at a meeting with key players in the cashew industry in Abuja.
According to the minister, the government would render support in the production and export of the commodity, in a bid to improve the country’s economy.
In March 2019, Anga Sotonye, an agribusiness strategist and the National Publicity Secretary of the National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) had called on the Federal Government to support the cashew sub-sector so that the business can contribute its own quota to the Nigeria’s economic development.
He lamented on the challenges faced by the sub sector, saying that the government is still yet to render sufficient support to improve the industry.
The cashew stakeholders further called on the government to provide high yield seeds and processing cottages.
Others in attendance at the meeting were the President of the African Cashew Alliance, Mr Babatola Faseru and President of the Nigeria Cashew Association, Mr Ojo Ajanaku.