Jhe director general of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Joseph d’Cruz, revealed that the organization is committed $300,000 for Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Edo State
He revealed it in Benin during the official launch of the RSPO community engagement and awareness program in the state.
Represented by RSPO Global Director of Market Transformation, Inke van der Sluijs, he said the organization supports Edo State because it is doing well in palm oil production, especially with plantation owners.
“We look forward to working with our implementing partner, Foremost Development Services and the Edo State Oil Palm Program (ESPOPP), an independent implementation office.
“We expect a lot from this program for which we have allocated 200,000 USD to Edo for the production of oil palms.”
Joseph also disclosed that Nigeria accounts for a third of the total palm oil volumes produced in Africa.
“Nigeria produces around 1/3 of the volume of palm oil in Africa and 10% of this oil is RSPO certified. Most of the production volume, 81% of certified materials, comes from Edo State.
According to him, the RSPO is responsible for growing the supply and market acceptance of certified sustainable palm oil around the world.
“These programs have generally improved yields and reduced production costs and therefore generated more income for farmers. The funds help build capacity and knowledge on best management practices,” he said.
For his part, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said the state is changing the narrative of oil palm production through the state oil palm program of Edo (ESOPP).
Represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Stephen Idenhere, the Governor commended the RSPO for organizing the program in the state to further enlighten stakeholders on ensuring sustainable palm production oil in Nigeria.
Earlier, Fatai Afolabi, Managing Director of Foremost Development Services (FDS) Limited, added that the launch of the program was aimed at sensitizing oil palm stakeholders in Nigeria on the need to mobilize them to abandon traditional or unsustainable means of palm production. oil in the country.