The Federal Government on Sunday put the country’s earnings from the export of cashew at $500m and stated that this was supporting about 500,000 families across the country.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, disclosed this in Abuja when he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Department of Agriculture West Africa PRO-Cashew Project.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said in a statement issued in Abuja by an officer in the press department, Okeh Juliet, that the project would be for the development of the cashew agro industry.
The minister said the initiative would improve productivity, expand the national hectarage of the crop and achieve national food and nutrition security, revenue generation, exchange earnings, wealth creation and employment across the country.
“Nanono informed (his guests) that government’s focus is to continuously and sustainably develop the commodity for export because since the 1990s cashew has increased the Nigerian Gross Domestic Domestic ranking as the second non-oil export foreign exchange earner for the country,” the statement stated.
The ministry added, “It (cashew export) generated about $500m for the country in 2018, providing livelihood for about 300,000 to 500,000 families mostly youths and women in Nigeria.”
The minister was further quoted as saying, “Currently, the national production capacity of cashew in 2020 is 260,000 metric tonnes on 100,000 hectares of land. Average yield is 600kg/ha as against the global average of 1.23kg/ha.”
He said the latest initiative would help the ministry achieve an increased production capacity, rising from 260,000MT in 2020 to 350,000MT by 2023 and processing capacity from 15 per cent in 2020 to 35 per cent by 2023.
To kickstart the collaboration with the USDA West Africa PRO-Cashew project, Nanono constituted the Cashew Value Chain Working Committee to look into the problems and challenges affecting the growth of the sub-sector in Nigeria.
He said the committee with the support of USDA West Africa PRO-Cashew Project would develop a 10-year strategic plan for Nigeria cashew project.
The Chief of Party/ Managing Director, USDA West Africa PRO-Cashew Project, Jeans Guay, said the project was a five-year West Africa project that would be implemented by cultivating on new frontiers in agriculture.
Lagos Commodities and Futures Exchange to Commence Gold Trading
With the admission of Dukia Gold’s diversified financial instruments backed by gold as the underlying asset, Lagos Commodities and Futures Exchange is set to commence gold trading.
According to Dukia Gold, the instruments will be in form of exchange-traded notes, commercial papers and other gold-backed securities, adding that it will enable the company to deepen the commodities market in Nigeria, increase capacity, generate foreign exchange for the Nigerian government to better diversify foreign reserves and create jobs across the metal production value chain.
Tunde Fagbemi, the Chairman, Dukia Gold, disclosed this while addressing journalists at Pre-Listing Media Interactive Session in Lagos on Thursday.
He said, “We are proud to be the first gold company whose products would be listed on the Lagos Futures and Commodities Exchange. The listing shall enable us facilitate our infrastructure development, expand capacity and create fungible products.
“This has potential to shore up Nigeria’s foreign reserve and create an alternative window for preservation of pension funds. A gold-backed security is a hedge against inflation and convenient preservation of capital.”
“As a global player, we comply with the practices and procedures of London Bullion Market Association and many other international bodies. Our refinery will also have multiplier effects on the development of rural areas anywhere it is located,” he added.
Mr Olusegun Akanji, the Divisional Head, Strategy and Business Solutions, Heritage Bank, said the lender had created a buying centre for verification of quality and quantity of gold and reference price to ensure price discovery in line with the global standard.
Suez Canal: Evergreen Blocking Main Commerce Route Was Successfully Refloated – Authority
The evergreen vessel that blocked Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest waterways, was successfully refloated at 4:30 am Egypt local time on Monday, according to Authority.
The vessel has now restarted its engines, stated the Egyptian crew that worked hard to dislodge the vessel.
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Egyptian authority had announced on Sunday that 369 vessels were on queue and waiting to pass through the blocked Suez Canal.
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However, with the vessel now freed, the authority could announce resumption of operations through the canal on or before Wednesday but could take weeks for all the vessel past through given its daily operation of 50 vessel.
According to Lloyd’s List, the Suez Canal blockage disrupts supply of over $9 billion worth of goods each day. This, experts believe would impact would further drag on global supply chain that had already been impacted by coronavirus pandemic.
“You normally have about 50 or so ships a day going through the canal, obviously at the moment it’s about 300 ships backed up … this is an enormous traffic jam, which is at both ends of the canal,” Tim Huxley, director of Mandarin Shipping said on Monday.
“This will take quite a while for the whole supply chain to get back to normal and that’s gonna have an impact on manufacturers, retailers right across the board,” said Huxley.
Olam, BAT, Eight Others Earned $100m from Exports – CBN
Top 10 exporters in the country exported non-oil goods worth $100.88m in November, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The CBN disclosed this in its latest monthly economic report.
Part of the report read, “Estimates of export proceeds of the top 10 non-oil exporters for November 2020 was $100.88m.
“A disaggregation revealed that Olam Nigeria Limited topped the list with a value of $26.65m or 17.1 per cent of the total, from the export of cocoa beans, cashew nuts, and sesame seeds to Turkey and China.
“The second major non-oil exporter was Starlink Global and Ideal Limited, with an export value of $16.49m (10.6 per cent), from the export of raw cocoa beans, raw cashew nuts, shea nuts and sesame seeds to Malaysia.
“The third major non-oil exporter was British American Tobacco Nigeria Limited at $12.57m (8.0 per cent), realised from the export of cigarettes to Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire and Niger Republic.
“The fourth major non-oil exporter was Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, with a value of $9.82m (6.3 per cent), realised from the export of urea, fertilisers and agronomy services to Turkey and China.”
It added, “Tulip Cocoa Processing Limited, with export value of $7.66m (4.9 per cent) realised from the export of cocoa liquor, butter and cake to The Netherlands was placed fifth position.
“The sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth positions were occupied by Mamuda Industries Nigeria Limited, Metal Recycling Industries Limited, AAK Nigeria Oils and Fats Limited, Armajaro Nigeria Limited, and Valency Agro Nigeria Limited, respectively.
“These companies earned $7.21m (4.6 per cent), $6.66m (4.3 per cent), $5.73m (3.7 per cent), $5m (3.2 per cent), and $3.07 million (2.0 per cent), respectively.”
The report said they exported leather, aluminum, vegetable oils and fats, cocoa beans and dry pure prime pressed cocoa butter to India, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and United States, respectively.”
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