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Tuesday, 24 September 2013
‘Nigeria commits N211.5b to exportable crops in two years’
A REPORT on national survey has revealed that N211.5 billion was committed to exportable crop farming activities during the 2011/2012 survey year.
The report issued in Abuja Monday by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), was prepared by Consultative Committee on Agricultural Export Commodities in collaboration with agency.
It said that the other collaborative agencies were the Central Bank of Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The report said that of the figure, “own fund” led the list with N134.19 billion (63.44 per cent), followed by micro credit institutions with N36.86 billion (17.42 per cent).
The N134.19 billion own fund referred to personal fund committed to any of the 14 exportable crop farming activities by a holder.
Community banks’ recorded the lowest amount of N1.30 billion (0.61 per cent), according to the report.
It stated that disaggregating the own fund into states, Kaduna State recorded the highest with N9.51 billion (7.09 per cent) followed by Kano state with N9.45 billion (7.04 per cent).
Ekiti has the lowest amount of N0.61billion (0.45 per cent).
The report said that cooperative banks contributed N12.62billion (6.00 per cent), Bank of Agriculture N2.10 billion (0.96 per cent), commercial banks N1.41 billion (0.67 per cent).
The community banks contributed the lowest amount of N1.30billion (0.61 per cent).
It said that the ages between 30 and 49 years committed the highest fund to exportable crop with a percentage of 47.99.
This was followed by holders of ages 50 to 64 years with 30.99 per cent while the age group of 15 to 29 had the lowest percentage of 5.20.
“Overall, 984,235 holders reported the use of improved seedling. Kano State reported the highest number of 168,138 (18.17 per cent), followed by Katsina State with 123,006 (12.62 per cent),”
Niger State, according to the report, did not report the use of improved seed/seedling.
It stated that Lagos and Bayelsa states reported the least number of holders that used improved seed/seedling with 41 (0.01 per cent) and 250 (0.03 per cent) respectively.
“A total of 27 states and Federal Capital Territory planted cashew on a total land area of 120.17 (‘000) hectares.
“Kwara planted the largest hectares of land of 31.49 (‘000) hectares (26.20 per cent), followed by Imo with 11.86 (‘000) hectares (9.87 per cent)
“The least areas planted were recorded in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states with 0.01 (.000) hectares and 0.55 (.000) hectares respectively,’’ the report said.
“Cocoa was cultivated in 18 states on a total land area of 1,363.60 (‘000) hectares.
“Cross River cultivated the highest hectares with 327.91 hectares (24.05 per cent), followed by Ondo state with 321.97 hectares (23.61 per cent)
``The least cultivated land areas were 0.04 hectares, representing 0.003 per cent by Imo and 0.18 hectares (0.01 per cent) by Rivers State,’’ the report said.
It said the total production by the 18 states was 370.01 metric tonnes with Ondo State contributing the highest with 92.22 (‘000) metric tonnes (24.92 per cent), closely followed by Osun with 74.10 (‘000) metric tonnes (20.03 per cent).
The report said the least production was 0.01 (‘000) metric tonnes (0.003 per cent) by Imo and 0.09 (‘000) metric tonnes (0.24 per cent) by Bayelsa.