An Agro-Economist, Dr Victor Iyama, says Nigeria can generate foreign exchange by producing Cannabis oil which abounds in the country for the international market rather than destroying large farms of the herb.
Iyama told members of the Food and Agriculture Writers Organisation of Nigeria (FAWON) at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos that processing hemp oil was capable of generating huge forex.
Iyama, who is also the National President of the Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN), said that Nigeria had failed to harness all the wealth that was available.
“We can easily take only three months to grown hemp. A litre of hemp oil is sold for 12,000 dollars, a litre of your fuel is N145 or 200 which is about a dollar.
“We have hemp in abundance here, just three months and dollars is real. All we need is adequate regulation of the production process,’’ he said.
Iyama noted that nothing stops NDLEA from being posted to these farms where the processing machines would be put up and then monitor it.
“If you see anybody taking it out of that place, arrest him, we do things in this country by starting to run without crawling and without walking.
“Everybody is shouting China today, did China get to this place by starting from the top? No, you have to be able to face the reality, this country is blessed, in fact over blessed.
“People want to look at those who have gone into space, what have they achieved in the space, before going into space you must be able to provide simple basic things of life for your society; food, shelter, electricity mainly and water.
“Go to countries like Malaysia, China that is the first thing you do as a country. We are not a poor country, it is just unfortunate that we have failed to harness all the wealth that we have been given, the best wealth any country can have in this world is land and we have land in abundance.’’
According to Iyama, who is also a cocoa and oil palm producer, the manufacturing sector will continue face challenges if the electricity problem is not addressed.