(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says it has trained 30 coconut farmers on nursery establishment, field development, harvesting, processing and marketing in Edo.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Ernest Uwakhihe, said this on Thursday in Benin at the opening of capacity building workshop for coconut farmers in collaboration with the Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) where he expressed federal government’s commitment to changing the socio-economic status of farmers.
According to Uwakhihe, the capacity building workshop was coming at a very crucial moment when the country was recovering from a difficult spell of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was at the point of turning around the nation’s economy by supporting farmers.
As one of the most important and useful economic tree crops, coconut is a major non-oil export foreign exchange earners for the Nigeria, providing livelihood for more than 500,000 families in Nigeria, which offers great opportunities for export earnings. It would generally transform the agricultural sector.