The Enugu State Government is set to distribute 20, 000 oil palm seedlings to farmers for upcoming planting season to enhance oil production and boost its Internally Generated Revenue.
Mr Chijioke Egbo, the Head, Oil Palm Seedlings Distribution, Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu.
Egbo said that the seedlings that were ready for distribution were special improved species of palm oil fruit which would take only four years to mature.
According to him, the seedlings are ready to be distributed having stayed in the nursery site for a period of nine months which is the proper number of months for nursing oil palm seedlings.
The agriculturist said that the government was ready for the distribution before now, adding that it was waiting for the rain to set in properly before the distribution to enable the seedlings to survive when planted by farmers.
He called on farmers not to be deceived by the first rain but wait till April for the proper rainfall to set in before embarking on full-time farming.
Egbo urged farmers who were interested in the seedlings to apply to the Enugu State Commissioner for Agriculture for approval as over 50 farmers had already indicated interest.
He said that the distribution of the seedlings was aimed at encouraging people to go into oil palm farming in the state and to boost local palm oil consumption and exports.
Source: Leadership Newspaper Nigeria