The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) on Tuesday trained stakeholders in postharvest management of cashew in Edo state.
The one-day capacity building on post-harvest cashew handling (harvesting, drying, sorting / grading, bagging, storage, processing, packaging and marketing) was organized by the cashew value chain department of the ministry. .
Declaring the workshop open, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Ernest Umakhihe, said the training arose out of the need for the government to raise awareness and improve the technical know-how of cashew producers, buyers, processors and traders on post-harvest cashew nuts. handling to ensure the quality of cashew products for the local and international market.
Represented by Mr. Bernard Ukattah, Deputy Director of FMARD, Umakhihe said the importance of cashew is increasing, being the second source of non-oil export foreign exchange for the country.
“Cashew nuts currently provide a livelihood for more than 500,000 families, mainly young people and women in Nigeria. It is important to clarify that the excellence and thoroughness of post-harvest management affects the quality of cashew products, which in turn affects the reputation of the county for these products and by-products in the local and international market.
“High quality nuts are the main concern of exporters and one of the main criteria for success in the international market. Therefore, discolored, pitted and shriveled nuts should not be mixed with good nuts, ”he said.
According to him, “training will play an important role in ensuring the adoption of good agricultural practices and quality assurance globally accepted by cashew producers, intermediaries, processors and traders”.
Umakhihe pledged the ministry’s commitment to continue supporting farmers with planting material and building the capacity of farmers in different aspects of agriculture to provide quality products.
In his welcome speech, State Director of Agriculture, Edo FMARD Office Wellington Omoragbon urged participants to take advantage of the training to increase their yield and learn post-harvest handling of cashews.
Omoragbon thanked the ministry for the series of training programs offered to farmers in the state.
“Over the past two months, we have had a series of trainings and empowerment of farmers with seeds and seedlings, tricycles and cassava and oil palm production equipment,” he said.
Samuel Ojeimoghan, a cashew farmer from Afuze in the eastern Owan local government area of the state, thanked the ministry for its support and pledged to train other farmers in his field.
Dr Akintoye Olagbaju, Director of the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, Ilorin, presented an article on “Acceptable Standards and Standards for Cashew Harvesting and Storage Techniques”.
Dr Olufemi Ibiremo, also Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) and Dr Omolola Etukudo, Senior Lecturer at Kabba College of Agriculture, Kogi State, also made presentations during the training program.
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