PZWilmar, NIFOR sign MoU on oil palm research

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

THE Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research, NIFOR, and PZWilmar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, towards the country's self-sufficiency in oil palm production in Abuja.

The MoU, signed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, and Chairman, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Chief Kola Jamodu, for and on behalf of the two institutions, covers capacity building and knowledge sharing for the research institute.

According to the MoU, the collaboration will devote attention to developing Nigerian climate-specific high yield variety through joint development of early maturing, high yielding, drought-tolerant and disease-resistant hybrids.

The scope also includes study visit by NIFOR on biotechnology approach to elite oil palm planting material development in Wilmar facilities in Asia.

The exchange of visit will also explore end-uses of palm oil and palm kernel oil through isolation of nutraceuticals from palm oil and bio-energy development from waste products.