By Edwin Nwanojuo
Ogun State Government has distributed 5,000 improved Kolanut seedling to farmers across the State in an effort to upscale the production of the produce in the State.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye said the up scaling is necessary as many Kolanut trees are not only old to bear fruits but have very low yield potentials.
She added that the promotion of the seedling is collaboration between the Ogun State Government and the Raw Material Research and Development Council which will ensure that beneficiaries are trained and monitored for optimum Kolanut production which will in turn improve farmer’s welfare.
Mrs. Ogunleye therefore implore Kolanut farmers to make good use of the opportunity provided by the improved seedling to replace their old Kolanut trees which has a gestation period of fifteen years compared to the new seedling with a gestation period of four to five years.
Earlier, the Director General of the Raw Materials and Research Development Council, Professor Hamid Ibrahim said the collaboration between his organization and the Ogun State Government through the Ministry of Agriculture is to promote sustainable production of Kolanut in the state as well as stimulate investment opportunity in the entire Kolanut Value Chain.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the chairman, Kolanut and Bitter Kola Association of Nigeria, Ogun State branch, Mr. Segun Soyola thanked the State Government for the kind gesture adding that it will attract younger farmers to their fold.