Nigeria is the fourth largest producer of dwarf pawpaw fruit in the world with well over 800,000 tons per annum. Only India -with 5.5 million tons-, Brazil and Indonesia -with 1.5 tons each- are ahead in production.
Without a doubt, Nigeria has the capacity to expand its pawpaw fruit production to rival the world leaders at the moment. It is for this reason that the Ijale-Orile, Alamala, Abeokuta North Local Government Ogun state-based Agro Empire Estate has taken up the challenge of increasing and improving on the pawpaw cultivation in Nigeria, especially through research efforts that reveal the economic advantage of the produce in the country.
Adedapo Moshood, CEO/Managing Director of Agro Empire Estate, says by-products of pawpaw like chips and flour serve as means of long-term preservation for the produce.
According to thecable.ng, Nigeria is well positioned to rival world’s top pawpaw producers India, Brazil and Indonesia, as long as government can provide enabling environment for investors in the agro business. It is in the light of this that Agro Empire Estate is well positioned to help Nigeria’s effort to attain global reckoning in pawpaw production.
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