The Kogi state government has revealed that it has reinforced its agricultural commodity law, in a bid to protect and maintain the quality of cashew nuts produced in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba, made this disclosure at the “Cashew nuts Quality and Regulations” workshop which took place in Anyigba, Kogi.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Emmanuel Ideniyi, Oloruntoba stated that Nigerian cashew had been on a steady drop in quality and was losing its value in the international market.
According to him, “To forestall further depreciation of quality, we came up with a lot of measures that will prevent and arrest the adulteration of our produce by producers from other states.
“We are going to reinforce the produce laws. We will ensure 100 percent compliance by arresting anyone collaborating or indulging in sharp practices.
“The bags to be used will be coded and branded with Kogi name and seal. Any unbranded produce that is intercepted will be impounded.”
The commissioner further noted that the security agencies and produce guards who are going to be stationed in farms and warehouses across the state have been mandated to enforce the laws.