The President of the National Cashew Association of Nigeria, Mr Tola Fasheru has disclosed that Nigeria earned $813.05m (N284.5bn) in foreign exchange from the exportation of cashew between 2015 and 2017.
Fasheru gave the figure in Abuja shortly after he led a delegation of the association to meet with the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Aisha Abubakar.
The NCAN president disclosed that the contribution of cashew to national export earnings had been on a steady increase since 2015.
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For instance, he said export earnings rose from $152m in 2015 to $259m in 2016 and $402.05m in 2017.
According to him, Nigeria’s major trading partners are from Vietnam, India and the United States.
Fasheru commended the commitment of the Federal Government to repositioning the economy through cashew production and stressed that the Nigerian brand of cashew nuts was one of the most preferred internationally.
He, however, called on the Federal Government to address some of the problems affecting the production and exportation of cashew in the country.