Mrs Okoroginma Ogechukwu, the President, National Coconut Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NACOPPMAN), has called for more investments in coconut plantation in the country.
Ogechukwu who made the call in Lagos said that the potential of the sector had remained untapped due to lack of adequate investments.
She said that Nigeria was faced with the challenge of going back to its own coconut plantations with the recent closure of land borders by the Federal Government.
“Thank God for the closure of land borders because we have been exposed to the reality that 90 per cent of coconuts consumed in Nigeria is coming from other African countries.
“We import coconuts from Ghana, Togo, Seme borders and other African countries.
“Now, with the closure of borders, we are faced with the reality of going back to our plantations,’’ Ogechukwu said.
She said the closure of land borders had exposed the reality that 90 per cent of coconuts consumed in the country were imported.
“We have to consciously invest in coconut plantations in Nigeria and that’s the only way out. We cannot promote what we don’t have.
“How can we be promoting other countries when we have the arable land for the plantation. A crop that can grow in the 36 states of the country; it is advisable to invest in it,” Ogechukwu said.
She urged Federal, States and Local Governments as well as the diaspora communities to tap into the huge market by investing in the industry.
NACOPPMAN is an apex body, established to nurture and authorised by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, to coordinate the activities of the coconut industry in Nigeria and globally.
The association was inaugurated in September 2019 in Abuja.