* Plans to domesticate processing to bost jobs and wealth
By Victoria Nnakaike, Lokoja
Ibrahim Abubakar, one of the aspirants vying for governorship election under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ), has said that over one million dollars worth of cashew seeds that leaves the shores of Nigeria to other countries high percentage of it is from Kogi State .
Abubakar disclosed this in Lokoja during a media parley organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ ) in the wee where he said with proper coordination the processing could take place there in Kogi.
He equally disclosed that both sorting , processing, and washing that are done in other countries could be done in Kogi State and in turn generate employment and improve revenue coming into the state. “Sorting of cashew seeds is being done in South Africa, washing in Ghana, and processing is in India. All this can be done here in Kogi State with proper coordination to generate employment and improve revenue coming into the state”.
He also emphasized that Kogi is blessed with huge arable land and high number of educated dynamic men, women and youths that can turn around the fortunes of the state through agriculture.
He also said that as an Agriculturist he would maximise ideas that will harness production of raw materials that abound in Kogi State.