Food processing company, under the aegis of Ahiaba Global Resources Limited, in collaboration with a U.S-based Techno Serve has commenced production of cashew juice from cashew apples in Kogi state.
Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Stephen Ahiaba disclosed this in Lokoja on Tuesday, saying that the processing plant is at Ochaja in Dekina Local Government of the state.
He said that the initiative, apart from adding value to cashew production in the state, was part of efforts to improve on the national economy and curb unemployment among youths and rural women.
He stressed further that farmers in the rural areas would no longer harvest cashew nuts and waste the apples as they have now been trained on how to preserve them for the company to process them.
According to Ahiaba, the state remained the highest cashew-producing state in the country, adding that the fruits could be processed into cashew juice, cashew honey and snacks, among others.
The CEO added that the company would empower cashew farmers in the rural areas through “training and provision of good agronomic practices, disease detection and control, packaging and marketing of farm produce.”
He maintained that the initiative was aimed at increasing the farmers’ income and boosting the national economy.
“As individuals, we must contribute our quota to the growth of the state and the nation”, he added.
Meanwhile, Prof. Emilia Cowea, representative of Techno Serve, a United States-based Non-Governmental Organisation said cashew juice had health benefits.
Cowea stressed that one of the medicinal values of cashew juice was the treatment of hypertension and diabetes.
In the same vein, Alhaji Salifu Yahaya, the Atamodu of Odu and traditional ruler of Oduland charged his subjects to key into cashew business as part of measure to redress the nation’s present economic situation.

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