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April 17, 2024

Gov Otti Seeks Increased Cashew Production to Earn Foreign Currency

Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has emphasized the need to increase cashew production as a means of boosting Nigeria’s economy and earning foreign exchange. 

Speaking at the 2024 National Cashew Day/Conference in Enugu, the Governor highlighted the transformative potential of the agricultural sector, particularly cashew, in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Agriculture, Dr. Cliff Agbaeze, Governor Otti commended the concept behind the cashew conference, emphasizing the importance of raising awareness among the government about the critical role cashew can play in the economy. 

He expressed satisfaction with the conference’s theme, “Transforming Nigeria’s Cashew Industry Through Technology, Innovation, and Inclusive Policies,” stating that such efforts were necessary to revitalize the once prosperous cashew industry.

Governor Otti challenged stakeholders at the event to generate new ideas, innovations, and strategies to address the challenges facing the cashew industry. He believed that an innovative and technology-driven cashew industry could expand beyond domestic borders and tap into intra-regional and international markets.

The Governor also commended his Enugu State counterpart, Dr. Peter Mbah, for hosting the conference, and the National President of the National Cashew Association of Nigeria, Prince Dr. Ojo Joseph Ajanaku, for choosing to hold the event in the southeast region. 

He further encouraged participants to seize the opportunities presented at the conference, highlighting that Abia State was ready to support businesses and offered an expansive market for sustainable returns on investment.

Governor Alex Otti reaffirmed his commitment to achieving sustainable economic growth in Abia State. He assured the people that he was working tirelessly to position Abia as a key player in the global economy and the pride of Nigeria.

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