An expert on export business in Nigeria, the Assistant Director, Uyo office of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mrs. Pauline Ndulaka, revealed the reasons why Nigeria had not been able to unlock the potentials of its oil palm industry despite being ahead of Malaysia in oil palm production.
She identified poor packaging and storage as causes of low international patronage of Nigeria’s palm oil.
According to her, improper packaging and storage makes Nigerian palm oil to emit foul odour, chasing away prospective buyers, and thereby resulting in low sales.
Therefore, she urged best management and agricultural practices in the sector to meet international standards in order to enhance export, adding that palm oil is a goldmine which when fully tapped would boost the Nigerian economy.
Offering a different advice, the chairman of NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo, urged farmers in the state to form clusters and cooperatives to access government facilities, while stressing the need to purchase quality and healthy seedlings from approved vendors.