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Nigeria: Lack of education hampering productivity

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Staff writer ▼ | December 12, 2014
The Umediunor Pineapple Farmers Co-operative Society, Umunede, Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta, has appealed to the state government to provide agricultural extension services to members of the union.
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NAN   The Umediunor Pineapple Farmers Co-operative Society
The Chairman of the society, Fred Uwajeh, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that members of the union needed urgent education on modern techniques of farming for improved productivity. He said that lack of education on modern farming innovations and practices was hampering their productivity.

According to the chairman, the society has been a major supplier of pineapple to consumers in Onitsha, Port-Harcourt, Benin and Warri. He said that many of the farmers started pineapple farming on a small-scale, but had over the years, expanded their farms.

“This cooperative society is a major supplier of pineapple to some major cities in the country. Many of us have between three and five pineapple farms.

“After harvesting, we pull our resources together to transport the product to markets in Onitsha, Benin, Warri, Port-Harcourt and other cities. Pineapple farming is a major income earner and I believe that with better education and improved farming incentives, we can increase production and our market outreach,” he said.

Uwajeh said some of the challenges facing commercial pineapple farming include: pest attack and disease; bush burning; cost of transportation; preservation and lack of incentives.