Nigerian producers target 5m new oil palm seedlings

[From ANIEKAN ANIEKAN, Calabar]

As part of their drive to diversify the national economy, the National Palm Producers Association of Nigeria is planning a major revival of the oil palm industry in the country.

National Palm Producers Association of Nigeria, Cross River State Chapter after their inauguration

The plan, Oracle Today learnt, will involve the cultivation of at least 5 million new oil palm seedlings within the next 9 months.

This was disclosed by a national executive of the association Benedict Ekanem during the election and inauguration of the Cross River State chapter of the association.

She said most of the oil palm seeds planted have exceeded their productive years and this informed the decision of the association to commence a massive revival of the oil palm sector of the economy.

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“Most of the oil palm seeds planted have exceeded their productive years so right now we have started by raising nurseries within 2-3 years and within that time the industry will be boosted.

“Our target is 5 million seedlings within the next 9 months and by April next year the nursery will be ready for transplanting and before you know it the oil palm sector of the economy will bounce back”, she said.

She said the palm produced in Cross River State and the oil is the best and expressed optimism that the new exco will help in bringing back the lost glory of the state.

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On his part, William Agbor the new chairman of NPPAN in the state thanked the farmers for finding him worthy to serve.

He said palm produce in the state is completely down but the new exco will reverse the trend.

He said the association is developing a a nursery with a capacity to produce 6000 seedlings in Ikom and will partner with the state government to revive moribund oil palm estates across the state.

“We have raised a number of nurseries like the 6000 seedlings farm in Ikom and we will partner with the state government to revive estates like in Boki where we have 4 estates that have been abandoned”, Agbor said.

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The new executive has 9 members and will serve for four years with William Agbor as Chairman while Hon. Valentine Nsuinjom as secretary.

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