80 per cent rise over past few years

Nigeria spends billions on coconut imports

Nigeria buys the bulk of its coconuts from Ghana and Ivory Coast. Nma Okoroji, the president, National Coconut Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NACOPPMAN), has stated that Nigeria’s coconut imports has risen over years by more than 80 per cent as the country has not been able to produce enough coconuts domestically. Data from the United Nations Statistical Office shows that Nigeria spent $219,446 and $293,214 on coconut imports in 2019 and 2018 respectively.

Okoroji: “Some 265 tons of coconut are produced in Nigeria presently and 70 per cent of it is produced by Lagos State and 30 per cent is produced by the other states in Nigeria. But, as the national president, the association cannot promote what we don’t have. We don’t have enough coconuts in Nigeria presently; 80 per cent of the coconuts that are used in this country are imported and the cost of importation is getting higher and higher every day.”.

“The farming is a ‘gold mine’ because of its wide range of industrial applications of most of the products. For a crop not indigenous to the country, she is blessed with the trees which could help harness the development of industries through which the standards of living can be improved. In Nigeria, low production as a result of old plantations and the varieties, have reduced coconut industrialisation,” she added.

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