Nigerian Export Promotion Council has promised continuous technical support for people engaging in export businesses, even at grassroots, as part of the efforts to further diversify the economy.
This assurance was given by NEPC’s Osogbo Export Assistant Officer, Benson Oseni, at a capacity development programme for 113 cashew farmers, held in Osogbo, Osun state and organised by the Council in collaboration with Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, Ilorin.
Oseni who said the Small/Medium Scale Enterprises could generate large share of new jobs for economic cooperation, added that the council was keen on developing capacity of Nigeria’s cashew producers and processors.
He maintained that improved capacity would ensure that quality standard agricultural practices for cashew nuts processing was followed to make the products ready for the demands of the international market.
“NEPC will not relent in giving technical and other necessary supports to stakeholders in export business as part of efforts at promoting their business even at the grassroots level,” Oseni said.
Speaking on the best possible way to preserve cashew nuts, Dr Akintoye Olagbaju, who represented NSPRI at the event, called on the participants to embrace best practices to make their produce acceptable at the international market.