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Edo commissions 5,400MT cashew factory, tasks youths to embrace agribusiness

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
30 November 2021   |   4:09 am
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has tasked youths to embrace opportunities in the agricultural value chain by deploying innovative ideas to initiate and develop agribusiness projects.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has tasked youths to embrace opportunities in the agricultural value chain by deploying innovative ideas to initiate and develop agribusiness projects.

Obaseki made the submission after commissioning a 5,400MT cashew processing factory, on the PZ Road, Benin City.

The governor reassured that the government would support businesses in the state and create the enabling environment for them to thrive, assisting them to reduce risks and ensure they make profits and advance their services in the state.

Obaseki said: “This is the second or third time I will be commissioning a facility that is owned by a group of dynamic young men called Farmforte. About a year ago, I had the honour of opening one of their flagship stores in Lagos State and a remarkable architectural piece in Lekki, where they sell only agricultural produce.”

He continued: “The government identified the areas the jobs will come from, and on top of the list is agriculture. We are very pleased with the bold step and initiative Farmforte has taken in the state.

Obaseki noted that “The key risk is to get enough cashew seeds. We would like to work with you as a government to encourage our farmers with improved seeds and off-take agreements to encourage them to cultivate and grow more. I would like to work with you to build capacity and encourage farmers to grow cash crops as you will give them a price for their produce.’’