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NEPC to create 6000 jobs from cashew processing

Mar 7 2018


The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has said it will create about 6,000 jobs, with 80 per cent women, from a cashew nuts processing programme for value addition and food safety. The erstwhile acting Executive Director of NEPC, Mr. Abdullahi Sidi- Aliyu, at a one-day equipment presentation and training in cashew processing in Ogun State, said the project would render support to enhance skills of smallholder producers with focus on cocoa, cashew and sesame seed.


NEPC works with the centre for the promotion of import from developing countries (CBI) of the Netherlands on value chain processes and will build competencies of SMEs to penetrate the European Union (EU) market. NEPC Deputy Director, Women in Export Development Programme, Mrs. Evelyn Obidike, said, “From a raw cashew plantation production of about 150,000 tonnes, 15,000 tonnes are processed in Nigeria, which is just 10 per cent.”