Anga Sotonye, National publicity Secretary of National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), has said the demand for Nigeria’s cashew was enough to motivate Nigerian government to take cashew production seriously.
He made this known to Independent in Lagos while urging more Nigerians to take to cashew farming in the next planting season which will commence in June.
According to him:“From findings, the quickest ways to venture into profitable business is to start a cashew farm on an expanse of land like 100 hectares anywhere in Nigeria.
He stated that NCAN has started distributing high-yielding seeds to farmers and residents who wish to venture into cashew production, adding that the seeds have a maximum maturity period of two years.
“We will support that farmer with premium quality high-yielding seedlings which we are currently distributing to already existing and intending farmers,’’ he said.
He further stated that the first 100 days of the year elapsed on April 10, urging Nigerians to take action to further promote government’s diversification drive from oil.
According to him, “by July 10, we would have used up another 100 days in this year; that would make 200 days, so, we want people to get serious and take immediate action.
“There is a ready market for cashew because the demand for Nigerian cashew is increasing by the day,” he said.