10th June, 2012
Nigeria’s Borno Government said on Sunday that it planned to make the state the world’s largest exporter of gum Arabic soon.
Alhaji Hassan Mustapha, the Commissioner for Environment, made the plan known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.
Mustapha explained that the plan was part of the government’s policy to harness the full potential of the state.
He said the Ministry of Environment had raised 20 million assorted seedlings of the plant for planting toward the attainment of the target.
“Our ultimate target is to become the world’s largest exporter of gum Arabic in the next few years. We believe we have all it takes to attain the goal because of our numerous potential.
“Already, more than 20 million seedlings have been raised across the state for planting during the rainy season,’’ Mustapha said.
He said that apart from gun Arabic, the ministry had also acquired different seeds, including Acacia Senegal and other economic trees for planting across the state.
“Sudan is currently the world’s largest exporter of gum Arabic.
“We believe we should be able to overtake Sudan as the largest exporter of the commodity going by our strategies and plans,’’ Mustapha said.