The FUND for the Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) condemned the neglect of palm oil production and the failure to use economic opportunities in the oil palm, noting that farmers can make more profit with modern technology.
Assistant Drs. Dr Samuel Dare, who spoke about this during the demonstration and commissioning of small-scale equipment for oil palm farming in Iju, the local government district of Akure North of Ondo, said that the equipment would be of great importance for increasing palm production oil.
According to the coordinator, the intervention is aimed at agriculture, aimed at training manufacturers in the production of modern equipment to alleviate poverty and create more jobs among small farmers engaged in the cultivation of oil palms in the Niger delta.
He said that PIND provided farmers with a butter kit for a set of digester, sterilizer and clarifier worth N750 000, and assured that farmers who are interested in this equipment will be given more intervention, subsidizing the price by half.
He noted that a functional test of the machines was done in order to show farmers who used conventional equipment, which leads to some losses, that the new technology will increase their profits.
"The one that is commonly used in Ondo State can produce only about 8 percent of palm oil in local oil palm fruits that have up to 11 percent palm oil. Apricot has a 21 percent oil content, but the machine they use here can only extract 11 or 12 percent during the peak season.
"So, we see that half the palm oil in palm fruits is thrown away; which is the essence for the introduction of this new technology, "he said.
He said that new equipment is being used in other parts of the country to maximize the profit of farmers from oil palms, assessing their extraction from palm leaf fruits to 15-18 percent.
"With the adoption of this new technology, farmers will receive more profit from their labor. Our goal is that, at the very least, they should receive a 40 percent return through the introduction of this equipment. "
Abubakar Yusuf, Supervisor from Mohat Nigeria Limited, who trained producers in the state, noted that the innovation facilitates the stress associated with old machines.
Mr. Akin Olotu, Senior Assistant to the Assistant Governor for Agriculture, praised the basics of his many agricultural activities in the three Senate districts of the state.
Olot said: "We need this type of intervention to create jobs for our people and to keep money in the state. This is our biggest problem, because our system does not withhold money. We buy everything in this state, almost everything that comes from outside the state. "
Olot expressed satisfaction with the new innovation, saying that he would create more jobs, especially among young people, would assure that the state government would continue to work with PIND and farmers.
The beneficiaries, along with the chairman of Ondo Fabricants, Mr. Oladimeji Success, highly appreciated the basis for the intervention and promised to adopt a new trend to maximize their profits.