The National Coordinator, Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Dr Odiga Odiga, has urged state governments with oil palm comparative advantage to support the planting and development of palm trees.
Odiga said the state governments should also support palm trees value addition to earn more income from export of palm produce.
‘‘Palm trees have so many uses in addition to oil, but the nation has dwelled so much on just the oil, while neglecting its other usefulness.
‘‘We still export raw oil without any value addition which is not good.
‘‘There should be seriousness in oil palm production and restriction on the volume to be exported raw.
‘‘Processing the palm oil here yields more income from the various value chain additions,” he said.
Odiga said that for NGOs and civil societies to make impact in the area of oil palm, they would need government to support what they were already doing in the various communities.
He disclosed that the NGOs and civil societies were focusing more on other agricultural practices like honey/bee keeping, mushroom and piggery farming among others to empower the communities.
Odiga said that all their efforts were to ensure that the communities did not depend more on forest for their daily activities and livelihoods.
He said that the NGOs had been working with foreign donors to make things possible in those areas.
Odiga said that it was time the various state governments support what the NGOs and civil societies were doing to maintain a cleaner environment for all.
He said that state governments’ support would also ensure that those areas boom once more with palm oil plantations developed in attractive ways.