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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

RMRDC, OSFC advocate increase in Walnut production

By Fatima Muraina

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Ondo state Farmers have been urged to go into walnut production in order to enhance their standard of living and the economy of the country at large.

The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) Prof. H.D Ibrahim made this known at a-one day symbolic presentation of improved Walnut seedlings to farmers in Ondo state held in Akure.

Prof. Ibrahim, in his welcome speech, hinted, that idea becomes necessary following the federal and state governments’ move towards diversifying the economy by ensuring that the country becomes globally competitive in raw materials and products where it has comparative advantage.

He stated that Ondo state is among  states with comparative advantage  when the second batch of the mapping exercise was conducted.

He said the event became imperative to actualize the project by assisting the farmers with provision of improved Walnut seedlings.

He charged the beneficiaries of RMRDC boosting programme to make good use of the opportunity by timely planting these seedlings and applying good agricultural practices for better yields.

In his remarks, President of Ondo state Farmers Congress (OSFC), Mr Abayomi Monilari affirmed the high demand of Walnut in the country and at the global market which he stated, that has generally been accepted.

” The health benefit of Walnut among various others have earn it a global acceptance and appreciated such that the demand for it is beyond expectations and will definitely improve the economy of the farmers and the country in general,” he stated.

Monilari reeled out various benefits of Walnut to include: reduction in cancer risk, supports brain function, decreases  inflammation, boosts immune system, improves bone health, enhances sound sleep, beneficial to pregnant woman, offers women healthy ageing and promotion of sexual libido of both men and women.

He however, urged farmers to think outside the box and beyond planting of Cocoa, but also venture into new variety of crops that will yield them more money, improved productivity and that which will guarantee food security as well as improve health of the people.

Farmers were also trained on agronomic practices of Walnut production which also attracted distribution of hybrid Walnut seedlings to participating farmers at the end of the symbolic presentation.

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