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Zero oil economy: NEPC holds workshop on sesame seeds

Zero oil economy: NEPC holds workshop on sesame seeds

In order to diversify the revenue base of the coun­try and enhance exports in keying into the non-oil driven agenda of the Federal Government, the Nigerian Exports Promotion Council (NEPC), yesterday held a one-day sensitization work­shop to educate farmers on best practices as it regards post-harvest handling of sesame seeds for export.
The zonal coordinator of NEPC, Benue State, Mr Em­manuel Etim in his remarks at the workshop which was held in Gbajimba, the capital of Guma local government area of the state said, the workshop was the first of its kind since the council was established in Benue about six years ago.
He informed further that Benue, being the food basket of the nation, has unparal­leled agricultural production potentials hence the need to properly educate rural farmers on how to store and package their yield for exports and in the process enhance their standard of living.
According to him, sesame is one of the commodities that forms the bulk of com­mercial and agricultural activities undertaken by Benue farmers and other stakeholders in the agricul­tural value chain, expressing regret however that its full export potentials are yet to be maximally harnessed.
In their goodwill mes­sages, Benue State commis­sioners for Agriculture and Natural Resources and that of Commerce, Trade and Investments, who all spoke in representative capacities, thanked NEPC for the won­derful initiative and prom­ised to do their best in diver­sifying the economy.

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