RMRDC gives 5,000 tea, cof­fee seedlings to farm­ers in Taraba

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya & Hyel­la­mada Nel­son

Tea and Cof­fee farm­ers in Taraba State were, on Tues­day in Abuja, pre­sented with about 5,000 seedlings of tea and cof­fee do­nated by the Raw Ma­te­rial Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (RMRDC).

Speak­ing at the event, the Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral of the RMRDC, Dr. Hus­saini Doko Ibrahim, re­gret­ted that the coun­try recorded zero per­cent­age in cof­fee pro­duc­tion for the first four months of 2015 de­spite the fact that cof­fee con­sump­tion by Nige­ri­ans has con­tin­ued to in­crease.

He noted that Nige­ria has enor­mous po­ten­tials for tea pro­duc­tion, es­pe­cially in the Mam­billa Plateau, but the to­tal tea pro­duc­tion in Nige­ria is not im­por­tant in the global mar­ket, in­sist­ing that its pro­duc­tion meets only about 25 per­cent re­quire­ment of tea pack­ers and that most of the tea bags sold in Nige­ria are im­ported.

Dr. Ibrahim, who was rep­re­sented by the coun­cil’s di­rec­tor in-charge of Agriculture and Agro-Al­lied, Abim­bola Ogun­wusi, how­ever, noted that with ad­e­quate plan­ning, Nige­ria can make over USD60 mil­lion through cof­fee ex­ports on an­nual ba­sis, say­ing the global de­mand for Nige­rian cof­fee is very high.

In his re­mark, the Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Cof­fee & Tea As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria, Al­haji Akin Gbadamosi, enu­mer­ated the var­i­ous ben­e­fits of drink­ing cof­fee and tea and urged Nige­ri­ans to sup­port its pro­duc­tion na­tion-wide.

The Sen­a­tor Rep­re­sent­ing Taraba Cen­tral in the Se­nate, Yusuf A. Yusuf, stressed the need for a law that will pro­tect the pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing tea and cof­fee in the coun­try, say­ing he will per­son­ally lead the cam­paign.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of tea and cof­fee farm­ers in Mam­billa-Plateau, Adamu Dan­juma Buba, while thank­ing RMRDC for the ges­ture, called for gov­ern­ment’s as­sis­tance in the area of fer­tiliser, pes­ti­cides and ac­cess to loan.

The seedlings were do­nated to the farm­ers un­der the RMRDC’s boost­ing of agri­cul­tural raw ma­te­rial for industrial use pro­gramme and the event was well at­tended by stake­hold­ers in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor in­clud­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Min­istry of Agriculture.

Sen­a­tor rep­re­sent­ing Taraba Cen­tral, Yusuf A. Yusuf (cen­tre) presents, on be­half of RMRDC, a sam­ple of cof­fee seedling to rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Coffe and Tea farm­ers in Mam­billa-Plateau, Taraba State

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