|Nigeria records increase in shea butter export|
|Emerging Markets Business News|
|Sunday, 23 March 2008 18:14|
Speaking at a one-day awareness workshop on "harnessing the untapped potential of shear butter for exporty" on Thursday in Lafia, about 300 km from Abuja, Lawal said that Nigeria had recorded a tremendous increase in the exportation of shea butter.
The by-product of shea nuts was capable of being a major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria if well developed, Lawal said.
He observed that the processors’ adherence to quality assurance and best processing practices also contributed to the success achieved in its production and exportation.
He praised the women, whom he said, formed the majority of processors in Nigeria.
He however, lamented that in spite of the leap, the commodity was yet to get its desired place at the international market.
He called for a more concerted effort to develop the industry.
The Nasarawa state Commissioner for Commerce, Industries and Co-operatives, Alhaji Yusuf Loko, who described the workshop as timely, noted the state was endowed with shea butter and sesame seeds.
Loko said that the state government had packaged incentives to attract investors to the sector.
The objectives of the workshop included identifying producers, processors and dealers of shea butter as well as educating them on the benefits of producing the commodity for export.