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Coffee beans are among the cash crops produced by Nigeria's Kwara state

Nigeria focuses on enhanced agribusiness

PERISHABLE exports are to flourish in Nigeria in the near future.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is poised to enter into a joint initiative with Kwara state government to develop a robust agro-perishable cargo sector, reveals a FAAN statement.

Kwara, located in west-central Nigeria, produces significant cash crops, such as rice, sugarcane, cotton, coffee, cocoa and tobacco, writes Thelma Etim.

Dr Uchenna R Ofulue, director of cargo development at FAAN, believes the initiative will attract numerous major benefits to the state and to Nigeria as whole.

These include more jobs, a higher standard of living for farmers, as well as investment opportunities in logistics services.

During a visit to the governor of Kwara the director revealed that a number of incentives aimed at encouraging investors in agribusiness are already in place.

Ofulue has underscored the airport authority’s commitment to boosting the nation’s airfreight industry by designating 14 of Nigeria’s airports as cargo airports to enhance ‘seamless movement of agricultural produce both within and outside Nigeria’.

Kwara is collaborating with farmers from Zimbabwe, Kenya to gain more expertise in improving the yield from its own agricultural produce.

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