(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU has been signed by the Fderal Government of Nigeria and Solidaridad West Africa for the development of Nigeria’s oil palm sector
This was made known via a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Programme Officer, Communications, Outreach and Networking of Solidaridad, Pita Ochai.
“Under the memorandum, Solidaridad will provide technical support to FMARD in the development of the oil palm sector”.
Speaking further, Ochai said, “This will align with Solidaridad’s aim to support Nigeria’s capacity-building efforts to regain its leading role in the global production of the commodity.”
The firm said it had successfully built a rich database of farmers across the country, which would be of help to the FMARD in executing its policies in the development of agriculture, among others.
The Senior Climate Specialist, Africa and Country Technical Lead for Solidaridad in Nigeria, Samuel Ogallah, who signed for his firm, said the collaboration would contribute significantly to the agricultural development of Nigeria.
In November 2020, The PUNCH Newspapers reported that officials from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, states, agencies and non-governmental organisations revealed that Nigeria was spending about $500m annually on oil palm imports.Senior government officials and other stakeholders had agreed to partner to reduce the continued import of the commodity.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The collaboration would contribute significantly to the agricultural development of Nigeria, by accelerating food sufficiency and exports for the country, which is tandem with Nigeria’s capacity-building efforts to regain its leading role in the global production of the commodity.