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Nigerian Cross River state to commence banana export soon

During a visit to the 105-hectare banana plantation being cultivated in the Odukpani region of the Cross River state, its governor Prof. Ben Ayade said the state would soon commence export of its ‘Grand Nain’ banana cultivar to Europe. This is a crucial part of the strategies aimed at turning the state’s economy around.

Ayade said he expected that the agri-based industry, which is the focus of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, will focus on finding agricultural products that can be exported. “The zero oil road map is very clear to us; indeed in the next few years, oil will be a thing of the past. So for us to move into agriculture, we have to go into the most sophisticated technology, hence our partnership with San Carlos of Mexico.”

According to a article, Ayade hinted that the first harvest was expected in May this year, while the commercial export harvest will be in 2019. “If we must expand our agriculture, we must make sure we take it away from subsistence farming, ensuring that those farming don’t do so in agony, pain, hunger and melancholy, but follow the latest trend which is mechanised and technology-driven.”

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