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Nigeria earns $31m from export of Zobo leaf, says Audu Ogbeh

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Nigeria earns $31m from export of Zobo leaf, says Audu Ogbeh

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said on Monday that Nigeria has earned $31m from the sale of purple hibiscus popularly known as zobo leaves in the last one year.

Ogbeh said the Federal Government would also engage in establishing both cashew and cocoa plantations to boost production and export in 2018.

The minister said that fertilizer blending would also be improved to accommodate micronutrients in the product.

Ogbeh said the government would also work to ensure quality control of produce both for export and local consumption.

He said, “We are exporting more than we are importing now and most exportation is agro-products.

“We are growing in agriculture and from the middle of this year; whoever chooses to eat Thailand rice is welcomed to pay duties.

“We shall impose duties on it because we consider it a wasteful luxury and something this country can’t afford.

“There are about 12.2 million members of the Rice Growers Association; we have created more jobs than we have lost,’’

Ogbeh said the Federal Government would also engage in establishing both cashew and cocoa plantations to boost production and export in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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