ASSOCIATION TO ENGAGE OVER 300,000 YOUTHS IN MORINGA FARMING
The Moringa Farmers and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria says as part of an effort to tackle unemployment challenges in the country, it is set to engage over 300,000 youths across the country in Moringa farming.
The President of the association, Mr Michael Ashimashiga made this known at a press conference in Abuja.
He said modalities had been set to engage 500 youths per each of the 774 local government areas across the country, to cultivate and sell the plant in view of its high demand both locally and internationally.
Moringa Oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree of the family “Moringaceae”. It is commonly known as the drumstick tree and used as vegetable among other things.
Ashimashiga noted that the launch of the project which would be taking place on a 10, 000 hectares of land in Nasarawa State in a few weeks was one of its kind.
According to him, each of the beneficiaries will be given a plot of land and moringa seeds at no cost, to cultivate.
He noted that after the launch, the local government coordinators of the project would engage 500 youths each.
On having buyers for the plant, the president said, there was a ready market to absorb each farmer’s yield, adding that the association would buy the plant from the farmers.
“The development of the country depends largely on agriculture and Moringa is one plant that does not only have health benefits but economically viable.
“Moringa is very useful in high-quality poultry yield among others. The economic benefit also cannot be overemphasised.
“There was a Moringa summit in 2008 organised by the Raw Materials Research and Development Council but since then we have not heard anything.
“At the summit, there were several presentations including some, which projected that the federal government can generate over N500billion revenue annually. I still have most of the presentations with me.