Nigeria committed to repositioning Oil Palm for export campaign

He recalled that Malaysia came to Nigeria some years back, got oil palm seedlings and became number 1 producers of oil palm in the world and today Nigeria is ranked the 5th position, which makes it worrisome, the Minister emphasised.

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Mohammed Abubakar, Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister: Nigeria’s Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Mohammad Abubakar, has tasked stakeholders on the need to reposition Nigeria to its rightful position as top exporter of palm oil.

Nigeria’s Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Mohammad Abubakar, has tasked stakeholders on the need to reposition Nigeria to its rightful position as top exporter of palm oil.

The minister made the call when he received a delegation of  stakeholders of the proposed conference on Nigeria Oil Palm led by its convener, Mr Fatai Afolabi in Abuja.

Abubakar said that in the early 60s Nigeria’s agriculture sector was the major source of revenue, but is currently struggling to be a big agricultural nation.

“In the early 60s, Nigeria’s agriculture sector was the major source of revenue, but today,  the country is struggling to be a big agricultural nation, It is not too late for Nigeria to reposition itself,” he said.

He recalled that Malaysia came to Nigeria some years back, got oil palm seedlings and became number 1 producers of oil palm in the world and today Nigeria is ranked the 5th position, which makes it worrisome, the Minister emphasised.

BuyAfriQue – promoting intra-Africa trade: “Rice, Cassava and Yam are top priorities in the agricultural sector, I urge the stakeholders to use the summit to think, plan ahead and develop a policy that would put Nigeria back on track,” he said.

“Rice, Cassava and Yam are top priorities in the agricultural sector, I urge the stakeholders to use the summit to think, plan ahead and develop a policy that would put Nigeria back on track,” he said.

The minister cautioned that it was  not just proposing to have a summit but a lot of thinking and planning must be carried out to avoid past mistakes.

He pledged  to work with any organisation to achieve the economic diversification policy of the Present Administration.

 In his remarks, Afolabi, the convener of the proposed Oil Palm Summit,  said that oil palm was one of the most important tree crops in the country, adding that that the importance of oil palm in Nigeria could not be over emphasised.

He said  that the Summit would be a forum for stakeholders and relevant organisations  both Government and non-Governmental organisations to deliberate, synergize and come up with measures that would move the Oil Palm industry to its peak.

With $500m investment in palm oil cultivation,….

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