THE government could generate over N12 billion from the commercial cultivation and export of yellow pepper in the next five years, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ABX World Nigeria Limited, Captain John Okakpu, has said.
The pilot, who facilitates air freight for agro-allied products at Lagos Airport, said the government should give attention to producers of the crop to get motivation in terms of credit funding and infrastructure.
Captain Okakpu said the cultivation of yellow pepper fits into the government strategic agricultural promotion programme (APP), otherwise known as the Green Alternative ( 2016 – 2020).
He said commercial farm export production of yellow pepper could not have come at a better time in the agricultural history than now.
The ABX World boss said collaboration with farmers and relevant stakeholders would assist to boost the cultivation and export of yellow pepper.
He said: “The current agricultural policy has cleared the coast for farmers and producers to return to the farm, cultivate the land, realise their fullest potential and do very good export business to generate handsome financial rewards. The time is now, let us make the move and conquer the international market with this very special produce.’’