The Chairman, National Banana and Plantain Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria in Abia State, Engr. Dr. Okezie Abarikwu, has said banana and plantain, if planted in commercial quantity and exported, would revive the economy.
Abarikwu spoke in Umuahia, the Abia State capital. He said that if given the necessary attention, banana and plantain business can serve as a veritable measure for diversification of the nation’s economy.
He said, “if you go to Western Indies, they don’t have anything except banana and plantain, followed by tourism. That is what is sustaining their economy. Banana and plantain contain up to 26 product which when properly harnessed can be use to alleviate the nation’s economy.
“Take for instance, a bunch of plantain is sold up to N1500. Assuming you borrowed money to start the business, in a minimum of nine months, it will start yielding. Within that same year, you will be able to repay your loan, have enough money for next year’s farming”.