The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development , Audu Ogbeh, on Monday , said that Nigeria earned $ 31 m from the sale of purple hibiscus , popularly known as zobo leaves, in the last one year .
Ogbeh also said the Federal Government would also engage in establishing both cashew and cocoa plantations to boost production and export in 2018 .
The minister mentioned that fertilizer blending would also be improved to accommodate micronutrients in the product .
Ogbeh said the government would also work to ensure quality control of produce both for export and local consumption.
He said , “ We are exporting more than we are importing now and most exportation is agro- products .
“ We are growing in agriculture and from the middle of this year; whoever chooses to eat Thailand rice is welcomed to pay duties .
“ We shall impose duties on it because we consider it a wasteful luxury and something this country can ’ t afford .
“ There are about 12 . 2 million members of the Rice Growers Association; we have created more jobs than we have lost . ’’