For years, Africa has had a great need for economic and productive sustainability.
An important innovation in this sense comes from Carlos Cabal Peniche, who, in agreement with the governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, a great promoter of sustainable agriculture, has reached an arrangement for the production of organic bananas in Nigerian territory.
According to Carlos Cabal, who has been for decades among the world leaders in the production of numerous agricultural products, starting with bananas, the large-scale production of this type of organic product has numerous advantages for the local population.
Mr. Cabal, what are the economic benefits for small local producers from the production of organic bananas?
Bananas plays a fundamental role in Nigerian agriculture and represent an important slice of fruit and vegetable exports. Thanks to the production of organic bananas, many local producers will be directly involved and will receive an immediate benefit from the economy.
In general, it can be said that the business of organic production is the most suitable for small producers who are often forced to leave the traditional export business.
What are the consumer benefits of organic bananas over industrially produced bananas?
In today’s world, consumers are becoming more and more demanding. What could have been considered common only a few years ago is no longer acceptable today. The organic banana production cycle eliminates environmental damage and minimizes to eliminate the use of chemicals or pesticides.
What must be done in the future to support African agriculture?
We must do everything possible to have an eco-sustainable and economically advantageous organic production for local producers. The banana tree must serve as a starting point for the development of new technologies aimed at reducing the costs that several small producers have to bear at the moment.
When will production start?
To date, our technicians together with the commissioner in charge of Agriculture are already working to find suitable land to start the production cycle.
The San Carlos group is motivated and ready to invest in the Akwa Ibom state initiative and is willing to take charge of the commercialization of the products of small Nigerian farmers.