OrderPaperToday – Following the consideration of a report by the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, the Senate has given its nod for the establishment of a National Council for Tea and Coffee Development in Nigeria.

The legislation tagged ‘Nigerian Tea and Coffee Development Council (Establishment) Bill, 2022,’ sought to establish a Council that would be saddled with the responsibilities of developing and promoting the growth, production, processing, and marketing of tea and coffee in Nigeria. 

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West), who presented the report, noted that the establishment of the Council would facilitate the generation of foreign exchange for the country.

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This, he said would reduce over-dependence on the exportation of crude oil as the mainstay of Nigeria’s source of revenue, adding that tea and coffee are the most widely consumed beverages around the world.

“The National Council for Tea and Coffee Development would, among others, provide the technical, managerial and horticultural extension services as catalyst for tea and coffee growth and development in Nigeria.

“The passage of the bill by the upper chamber would be a “bold-step” towards revamping tea and coffee business in Nigerian, while at the same time creating employment for the youths,” Adamu said.

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According to him, a report by Euro Monitor International showed that more than 1000 tones of coffee is consumed in the country in 2020.

“Another report by Fitch Solutions showed that overall consumer coffee spending for Nigeria was set to hit $286.8 million (N177.6 billion) in 2023, while listing Nigeria as one of the five coffee markets to watch,” he added.

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