The 2021 coconut planting season in the state was inaugurated by the Jigawa State chapter of the National Coconut Producers, Processors and Marketers Association (NACOPPMAN). According to the coordinator of the association, Hajiya Sakina Muhammad, the gesture was aimed at having coconut self-sufficiency in Nigeria by 2027.
“The parent body of this association is the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. Coconut is a tropical plant that can grow anywhere under any condition, and Jigawa happens to be among the states in the North where the cultivation of coconut thrives,’’ she told dailytrust.com.ng.
Hajiya Sakina said coconut had become a major foreign exchange earner for countries that produce it in large quantities. She quoted the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono as saying that 653 billion nuts were produced in 2013 and Nigeria currently produces 265,000 tons. According to her, this makes Nigeria the 18th producer of coconut in the world.