Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Sherifat Jaji, has described coconut shrub as a tree of life, saying it is a common crop in Lagos State with enormous commercial value
The SSG, therefore, advised Lagosians to embrace the cultivation of the tree to benefit from its numerous economic and nutritional values.
Mrs. Jaji, who made the call during a recent interview with pressmen in her office at Alausa, Ikeja, noted that a coconut tree can yield as much as 200 within a year as long it is well nurtured from the point of planting.
“The coconut tree is, indeed, a tree of life and I urge all residents of the State to be involved in its cultivation because it is economically viable”, she said.
Explaining that the coconut palm comes in two varieties of either tall or dwarf with the outcome of both species during harvest bountiful, the SSG disclosed that the State government is promoting the planting of coconut trees through the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) due to its importance as a money spinner for small and medium entrepreneurs.
She expressed optimism that the State could commence export of coconut soon, saying that in addition to its high economic value, the crop is also a local diet of Lagosians, especially the people of Isale-Eko.
While disclosing that she ventured into farming after retirement as the Head of Civil Service in the State, Jaji asserted that her knowledge about the health, nutritional and economic value of coconut inspired her to produce items like crisps and gurudi without any additives.
She listed other varieties of coconut products as flour, bread, cake, chips and candy, known as “Baba Dudu, among others.