Nigeria has strengthened its resolve to boost shea/nuts production for export to increase foreign exchange earnings, employment generation, wealth creation and income generation.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary in the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development, Mrs. Fatima Bamidele while inaugurating a technical committee on the National Shea Development in Abuja.
Mrs. Bamidele observed that Nigeria presently produces 50% of the West African production of shea nut estimated at 600,000 metric tonnes based on traded volumes ahead of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo.
She laments that currently the shea processing method in Nigeria is laborious and the product of low quality hence the poor export performance relative to the production potential.
The Permanent Secretary urged stakeholders in the industry to close ranks in repositioning the sector for optimum performance.
The membership of the national shea development committee is drawn from the ministries of agriculture, commerce and industry, finance, relevant agencies, NGOs, development partners and representatives from shea producing states with the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as Chairman.