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Group inaugurates 2021 coconut planting in Jigawa, targets 10,000 hectares

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By Muhammad Nasir Bashir

The Jigawa branch of the National Association of Coconut Producers, Processors and Traders (NACOPPMAN) on Tuesday kicked off the 2021 coconut planting season in the state.

The coordinator of the association, Hajiya Sakina Muhammad, said this during the exercise on the theme “One family, three coconut palms” in Dutse.

Muhammad said the gesture was aimed at having enough coconuts in Nigeria by 2027.

“The supervisory body of this association is the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

“Coconut is a tropical plant that can grow anywhere under any condition and Jigawa just happens to be one of the northern states where coconut cultivation thrives,” Muhammad said.

She said the coconut has become a major source of foreign exchange for countries that produce it in large quantities.

The coordinator quoted Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Alhaji Sabo Nanono as saying that 653 billion nuts were produced in 2013 and that Nigeria currently produces 265,000 metric tonnes.

According to her, this makes Nigeria the 18th largest coconut producer in the world.

She said that the continued decrease in oil revenues in Nigeria, informed the need to look for ways to earn foreign exchange from other sources, hence the need to boost the production of crops like coconut. .

“A barrel of coconut oil on the international market today amounts to 12 dollars a barrel, while a barrel of crude oil fluctuates between six and seven dollars a barrel.

“It will interest you to know that four liters of palm oil represents 5,000 N while four liters of coconut oil represents 15,000 N.

“It was the coconut’s ability to be a source of foreign currency that motivated NACOPPMAN’s decision to invent the slogan of the 10,000 hectare plantation per state.

“And it is in this regard that the National President of NACOPPMAN, Ms. Nna Okoji called on state governments to allocate 10,000 hectares of land for coconut cultivation so that by 2030 Nigeria can achieve self-sufficiency in coconut production, ”she said. .

Muhammad further said that coconut can be used as an environmentally friendly biofuel for cars.

She said there is research being done on the use of coconut oil to treat cancer.

The president described the coconut market locally and internationally as huge, noting that a bag of coconuts before the COVID-19 pandemic was 8,000 N, but now 25,000 N.

According to her, coconut has a market of over $ 400 billion worldwide.

“However, typical coconut palms take five to seven years to bear fruit, but it is a worthwhile investment because once it starts you will reap the benefits for 60 to 80 years.

“And I have good news for those of you who are here today. I am pleased to inform you that the species of coconut that we are inaugurating today is the typical Malaysian dream dwarf coconut palm that produces over 100 fruits in a tree, every year.

“And this variety produces fruit in three years.

“At this point, I would particularly like to appreciate the support given to NACOPPMA by Dutse Federal University, the Ministries of Public Works and Housing, Agriculture and Rural Development of Jigawa, as well as the Rural Development Agency. of Jigawa, ”said the coordinator.

She urged people to invest in coconut cultivation because it has both short and long term benefits.

Muhammad said 1,000 farmers have been registered by the group in the state for the fiscal year.

She assured that they would be linked to the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Loans (NIRSAL) to access loans. (NAA)

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