The Kogi State Government said on Friday that the state had maintained a clear lead in the production of cashew in Nigeria, linking the feat to sound agricultural policies.
Kingsley Fanwo, Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kogi State, disclosed this in Lokoja, added that efforts were ongoing to make Kogi the cashew hub of Africa.
“Today, Kogi State is the biggest producer of cashew in Nigeria because of our sound agricultural policies geared towards empowering farmers with improved seedlings, mechanisation, agro chemicals as well as creating an enabling environment for the private sector to invest in cashew production.
“Kogi has retained this position for many years and our ambition is to push Nigeria’s production level above that of Ivory Coast, which is the leading cashew producer in the world.
“The administration of Yahaya Bello is improving the value chain in cashew production in the state. We can only get value for money when we can add some value to our cashew before selling to the major buyers,” the commissioner said.
Fanwo said the state was also doing very well in the area of cassava production, adding that the emergence of some A-list industries in cassava processing has enhanced the production and fortunes of the farmers.
He said the issue of herder-farmer clashes in the state had drastically reduced as a result of the collaborative security architecture that has evolved strategies to ensure peace and security.
“Governor Yahaya Bello has and is still paying attention to agriculture as a result of the advantages of the state to use that sector to address poverty and hunger,” he noted.