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Monday, August 24, 2020

Nigeria To Emerge Africa's Lead Producer Of Avocado Fruits - Obasanjo

                      •Obasanjo  and Amb. Adeniyi

- The Daily Crucible

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday expressed the confidence that Nigeria could be the largest producer of Avocado fruits in Africa by 2030.

Obasanjo spoke when the Avocado Society of Nigeria (ASN) paid him a courtesy visit at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence in Abeokuta on Monday, according his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, in a release. 

The former President, who was conferred with the ASN Grand Patron award, said the country possesed both the human and natural resources needed grow the fruit - crop and to take over the East African countries in avocado farming.

Obasanjo expressed the optimism while fielding questions on the future of Avocado farming in the country.

"I want to see Nigeria becoming one of, if not the leading avocado producer in Africa.

 "Avocado is a unique crop and very lucrative business which can be done as either a business or a hobby, from having a plantation, or just few trees in one's compound.

"I am happy to be a member of this association. I hope more people will appreciate the value of avocado business and join us either as a hobby or as a business.

"Avocado is a very healthy fruit with numerous benefits. The oil as well as the pulp from it is used in the cosmetic industry, pharmaceutical companies and therapeutic activities. I will say a bit of avocado everyday keeps the doctor away," Obasanjo said.

He thanked the leadership of the Society, assuring them of his total commitment as the grand patron, even as he restated that the crop could replace oil in the country.

"Those of us who have been privileged to knowing about Avocado production must not hold the information to ourselves. In my simple opinion, this is the new oil of Nigeria, if it is effectively tapped into," Obasanjo noted. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the Avocado Society, Amb Sola Bunmi Adeniyi, extolled the efforts of the former President at promoting agriculture in Nigeria and Africa at large, stressing, "such virtue is a rare one. 

"If at this old age and considering his affluence he still does not underemphasize the importance of taking opportunities, I think he is passing a great message to all Nigerians, regardless of class.

Adeniyi added that, "the multi million naira investment into Avocado by the Grand Patron clearly show that he is an unrepentant lover and Advocate of Agriculture. You heard him saying the potentials of this crop in the next decade, therefore, Avocado production must be tapped into by all. 

"Baba is the Society's grand patron because we believe in his capacity and we want him to lead this awareness for the good of our Nation and the prosperity of our people," the Chief Executive Officer stated. 

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