Palm oil production: C ’River procures100,000 improved seedlings
Prof. Anthony Eneji, the Cross River Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, says the State Government has procured 100,000 Tenera oil palm seedlings from the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research, Benin for the 2016/2017 planting season.
The Commissioner said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Sunday.
Eneji told NAN that the seedlings would be distributed to oil palm growers in the state free of charge.
He said the seedlings would be moved to four strategic local government areas in the state which include Akamkpa, Yakurr, Ikom and Ogoja for easy distribution to farmers.
The professor said the procurement of the seedlings was part of the state government’s efforts to increase palm oil production and reposition agriculture.
The commissioner said that the Gov. Ben Ayade-led administration was determined to assist willing farmers in the state to realise their potential.
He expressed optimism that the government’s dream of making the state self-sufficient in oil palm produce and an exporter of the commodity would soon be realised.
“The state government is determined to empower every home in this state to have an income capable of sustaining itself.
“The state would soon take its proper place and become the number one oil palm producer in the country,” he said.
Eneji advised farmers across the state to take advantage of the opportunity to grow more palm trees. (NAN)