The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe has said that there has been a significant increase in palm oil production in the last four years.
Dr Umakhihe said palm oil production increased from 0.998 million metric tons in 2016 to the current 1.029 million metric tons in 2020.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Deputy Director, Tree and Crop Division in the Ministry, Mr Chukwuemeka Utattah disclosed this on the occasion of Farmers Field School for Oil Palm Farmers on Nursery Establishment and Field Development, Harvesting, Processing and Marketing held in Enugu.
He said the Ministry also procured automated oil palm mills, oil palm cargo tricycles, and oil palm motorized harvesters which will be distributed to oil palm farmers/Associations that applied formally to the Ministry at subsidized rates.
“Some modest achievements recorded by the Oil Palm Value Chain in 2020 include increase in crude palm oil production from 0.998 million mt in 2016 to the current 1.029 million mt.
“Procurement and distribution of 451,500 improved tenera sprouted nuts to accredited oil palm farmers/Association in the 24 oil palm producing States at no cost.
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