Oil palm growers solicit government support for research purpose

Nigerian oil palm growers solicit for Federal Government funding for research purpose
Emeh Joy

The Oil Palm Growers Association of Nigeria (OPGAN) have called on the Federal Government to provide adequate funding for research work in the oil palm production sector.

The Association, OPGAN, specifically requested that the government make available, funds for the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research, adding that this is the bedrock for repositioning the sector for greater output.

The call was made by the new President of the association, Joe Onyiuke in Abuja following the dissolution of the former executive council of OPGAN by its trustees.

He thanked the President, Muhammadu Buhari for supporting farmers and further commended the Central Bank of Nigeria for empowering smallholders under the 'Anchor Borrower Programme'.

"Other associations have been accessing the CBN interventions, and they've been doing very well. If you look at cotton, it has transformed this country.

"Our uniform men are now buying cotton grown from this country. This was done by both the CBN governor and the Buhari administration", Onyiuke said.

Onyiuke noted that members of the association had been faced with limitations in terms of the getting hold of the oil palm development funds which was recently unveiled by CBN.

He said that although the governor of CBN had met with oil palm stakeholders, OPGAN had failed as an association to organise itself in order to gain access to the funds.

"This is despite the fact that the oil palm value chain has enormous potential to bring Nigeria back to where it should be in the world of the palm oil market", he stated.

Onyiuke further stressed that the association needs to get organised going forward even as he thanked the association's board of trustees for repositioning the body.

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