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NPPAN Commences Tenera Oil Palm Nursery Distribution In A'Ibom

The National Palm Produce Association of Nigeria (NPPAN) has commenced gradual replacement of old wild oil palm (Dura) with the distribution of the Tenera specie of oil palm seedlings to farmers for planting in Akwa Ibom.  National president of NPPAN, Mr Alphonsus Inyang, told Midweek Pioneer Agric in Uyo, that 50,000 hybrid oil palm nursery each acquired from the National Institute For Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), have been supplied to Ikono, Ibesikpo Asutan, Ikot Ekpene, Obot Akara and Uyo, respectively, for development.  Inyang noted that his organization decided to commence the distribution of 10 million Tenera oil palm nurseries to Akwa Ibom farmers for raising this year so that by 2021 the seedlings would be ready for transplanting.  The president was optimistic that between 2021 and 2022 the targeted 50 million Tenera specie of oil palm seedlings would be distributed to farmers in all parts of the state for cultivation to ensure that Akwa Ibom maintains the number one position as the leading oil palm producing state in the country.  His words: "We are starting this year with the development of 10 million Tenera oil palm nurseries for distribution to oil palm growers. We expect the Akwa Ibom State Government to collaborate with our association in the development of the nursery for distribution to farmers.  He assured that with the quality of Tenera specie of oil palm seedlings supplied to farmers in the local government areas, it would be possible for them to transplant the seedlings by May next year.  Inyang enlisted the cooperation of the state government with NPPAN in the acquisition of 150 hectares of land for the development of the oil palm nursery in the state, assuring that the training of farmers in the maintenance and establishment of Nursery would the responsibility of his organization.  Said he, "If the state government can invest in the development of 10 million improved oil palm nursery this year more than 100,000 households would benefit from the distribution of seedlings for transplanting across the state.  The NPPAN president noted that since Akwa Ibom has comparative advantage in the production of oil palm over other states in the country, huge financial investment should be committed by the state government into the sector for the realization of a better future.  He explained that any rural farmer who would be able to raise, manage and maintain one hectare of Tenera specie of oil palm plantation would not lack since such hectare of oil palm plantation would generate N2.8 million as profit in a year.  Inyang explained also that a farmer who raised a hectare of Tenera specie of oil palm would be able to produce five tonnes of palm oil
when they mature for harvesting excluding palm kernel and palm kernel oil.  He noted that although his organization has covered Edo, Delta and Cross River in the supply and distribution of improved oil palm seedlings from NIFOR for planting, no efforts would be spared in ensuring that Akwa Ibom, being the headquarters of NPPAN reclaims its number one position in the production of palm oil in the country.  Inyang therefore solicited maximum cooperation from Akwa Ibom stakeholders in the oil palm sub sector for him to succeed in office as national president of NPPAN, promising to carry them along in the discharge of his duty in the coun

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