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    Lagos Govt to Establish Coconut Processing Factory in Badagry

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced that it will establish a coconut processing factory in Badagry to further optimize the use of coconut and harness the economic potentials in the value chain.

    The Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, stated this while speaking at the Year 2020 Coconut Day Celebration at Lagos Farm Centre, Agege, organised by the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority.

    She said that the factory would be solely dedicated for the processing of coconut husk to coir, and coco peat among others under a Public Private Partnership arrangement in the State’s Y2021 Annual Work Plan and Budget.

    She noted that these initiatives further reinforce the State’s position as the number one coconut producer in Nigeria in addition to providing employment opportunities for the teeming citizens.

    She said the factory would catalyze the entire industry, such that more people will come within the sub sector and create more business opportunities adding that Lagos is the largest coconut producing state in Nigeria, contributing over 70% to what the nation produced.

    “I believe Nigeria as a whole produces over 350,000 tonnes of coconut annually but it is far behind what the likes of Philippines, Malaysia and other Asians countries are producing on an annual bases.

    “We are far behind. To further optimize the use of coconut value chain, the state has proposed to establish a coconut factory in Badagry dedicated for the processing of Coconut husk to Coir, coco peat etc. under a PPP arrangement in her 2021 Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWPB).

    “It is believed that with all these efforts, Lagos state will continue to be number one coconut producer in Nigeria. This will to a great extent provide jobs and employment for teeming citizens.

    “The support will also lead to various job creation in other areas aside the above mentioned and contribute to export and foreign exchange earnings for Nigeria,” she said.

    Olusanya reiterated Governor Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to adopting a much more robust food security strategy for the State next year.

    The Acting Commissioner said the theme of this year’s celebration, “Coconut in the 21St Century Economy” was aimed at creating awareness for the promotion of production, processing, utilization and commercialization of the coconut value chain.

    She said that the occasion takes into cognizance the fact that Nigeria ranks l8 among over 92 coconut producing countries of the world, of which Lagos State contributes about 70 per cent of national production of coconut and its products.
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