The election season is here, along with the interesting events and happenings that comes with it, the usual transfer window events, Parties signing new members as politicians continue the common habit of jumping from one party to another, the sweet talks, the promises and also the goodies that comes along with the election season. You will agree with me that the publicity and awareness of this election seems overwhelming than the previous ones, mostly thanks to our beloved Pastors and religious leaders. Did you get your PVC though? It’s very important you have gotten it, you will discover how much control you have with your PVC, well at least for this Pre-Election period though, can’t say for later, and don’t just get it for getting it sake, VOTE! That way you can legitimately complain, if the aftermath isn’t favorable, don’t get me wrong, and I’m not being pessimistic.
Having admonishing as I’m obligated to do as a Patriotic Citizen that I am, lets speak about the ‘later’ that you don’t have control over. In spite of the overwhelming awareness, you can’t but admit that “This is Nigeria”, you can’t possibly say what’s going to happen, promises for one is not something you can hold any politician accountable for judging from the obvious. And so while we sincerely hope that the awareness can have a positive effect into birthing in new leadership that this country needs (that’s me being optimistic), I think it’s safe to say that we citizens also should not get our hopes too high into putting our future in the hands of any politician. Experiences should have taught us enough that you shouldn’t have to wait for any politician, when you can actually secure yourself irrespective of what happens up there. Waiting for any politician is just like waiting for Godot, if you know what I mean. Vision 2020 is a popular example for one, it’s safe to say vision 2020 is probably a lost cause now, and I begin to wonder if there was any vision in the first place though, probably the person who said he received the vision was from Yabaleft.
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The National President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria, NCAN, Tola Faseru, has disclosed that the production of the commodity has increased from about 90,000 metric tonnes in 2011 to 220,000 metric tonnes at the end of 2017 translating to about $402million.
He said the cashew industry has made a lot of progress when compared to other commodities in the country.
Speaking with Agriculture journalists recently, Faseru said: “In 2011, our production was about 90,000 metric tonnes, today, as at the end of 2017, we have reached 220,000 metric tonnes. For us, that is a major breakthrough. That is more than doubled what the production was from 2011 to 2017. Barring all issues of climate change and all of that, for us, that is a major effort.”
He added “the earning has increased tremendously, the earnings in 2011 were about $48 to $50 million annually but as at 2017, we have reached $402 million. What it means is that the value of Nigerian cashew has increased.
“In 2011, we were talking of something in the region of between $300 and $500 per ton. Today, we are talking about $1800 and we have explored an upward trend in the marketability and acceptability of the Nigerian cashew across the world.”
Tola Faseru said the increased earnings from cashew has impacted positively on the farmers. “In the past, a farmer was selling at the local price of N30,000 to N40, 000 per ton, but today, the farmer can sell at about N300,000 per ton.
“Thus, our farmers are now living a decent life; they provide shelter for themselves, have good cars and that had encouraged them to plant more. By and large, it has encouraged them to take good care of their farms.”
He said one of the reasons for the growth in the sector is the sensitisations and trainings given to the local farmers. “We have given farmers trainings on how to store their cashew properly, they are able to first of all put in best agricultural practices; they are able to do what they call proper harvesting which is critical to the yield and to the quality.
“Farmers are able to dry cashew properly; most importantly, they are able to package it well. When we came in, cashew nuts were usually packaged in polythene bags and we said this will kill the quality because the cashew will not have proper air to breathe because it will get heated up and what will happen is for the cashew to spoil.
“So, we said jute bags should be the way. Jute bags give way for air to flow in and out, the cashew farmers have imbibed that as well.”
He added that drying of cashew has now become something farmers now handle professionally and has become the norm across the value chain.
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