As part of efforts to encourage export of agricultural produce in Nigeria, Ogun State Government, in collaboration with Raw Materials Research and Development Council has distributed 5,000 Kolanut Seedlings to farmers in the State.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, who stated this at the official flag-off of the distribution, held at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said kolanut, being one of the major cash crops in Nigeria, has enabled Nigerians earn their living by being producers, transporters, traders and other middlemen in kolanut, adding that Nigeria accounts for about 70 percent of total world kolanut production.
According to her, ‘’kolanut is a viable crop that is a potential foreign earner. Records show that between 70-80 percent of kola produced in the world is from Nigeria’’.
The Permanent Secretary noted that since kolanut was one of the major crops, where the State has a comparative advantage, government was set to upscale its production by tapping into the collaboration with Raw Materials Research and Development Council.
Ogunleye concluded that the improved kolanut seedlings would be monitored to ensure that it was properly planted, to enhance production and create wealth among farmers, urging farmers to make good use of the opportunity, for a sustainable kolanut economy in the State.