Badagry, Lagos State.
The National Coconut Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NACOPPMAN) has commended the Federal Government for donating 14,633 coconut seedlings to farmers in five states.
Dr Nma Okoroji, the National President, NACOPPMAN, in a statement on Thursday in Badagry, said the seedlings would mitigate the effect of flooding in various members farms across the coconut communities.
Okoroji said the contribution would no doubt make significant impact in the Coconut Producing Communities of Lagos, Edo, Anambra, Kogi and Akwa Ibom.
”Coconut farming plays a crucial role in our local economy, providing livelihoods to many families and contributing to the overall well-being of our region,” she said.
The NACOPPMAN president said that the donation would also help in sustaining and expanding existing coconut plantations.
“It will also contribute significantly to the NACOPPMAN COSIN project towards ensuring coconut sufficiency in Nigeria, with the cultivation of 10,000 hectares of land.
“This will ensure a brighter and more prosperous future for members and the nation,” she said.
Okoroji, however, commended the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Abubakar Kyari, noting that the association recognised the importance of collaborations between the government and local organisation.
He said that the Federal Government’s generosity served as example of positive change that could be achieved when government and grassroots organisations work together for a common goal.
“The seedlings will boost coconut production and also enhance the resilience of farmers against environmental challenges and further secure coconut-based livelihoods” she said.
Okoroji urged members to judiciously use the coconut seedlings and ensure they planted them without further delay.
She also commended the Federal Government for its support and looked forward to nurturing the seedlings and witnessing the positive impact they would have on the production capacity.