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The Management of PISOTA Agricultural Industries Inc. and hundreds of local farm owners in Nimba County are said to be engaged in intensive exchange of ideas with the aim of promoting their involvement in growing cashew nuts in that part of the country.

According to a dispatch from PISOTA Agricultural, the ongoing dialogue between the company and local farm owners is being spearheaded by the President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PISOTA Agricultural Industries Inc. Mr. Ahmad Massaquoi.

When finalized, according to the dispatch, local farm owners will work along with the Management of PISOTA Agricultural Industries Inc. with the aim of vigorously engaging in the planting of Cashew Nuts on their various farmlands.

The dispatch signed by the company’s Head of Operations Mr. Bai T. Moore also discloses that PISOTA Agricultural Industries Inc. will provide technical support to farm owners leading to the planting and harvesting processes of Cashew Nuts.

The dispatch notes that the company will further train farm owners about the various processes leading to the production of Cashew Nuts in Nimba County by adding more value to their productions.

It also adds that even though most farm owners in the county do not have the expertise about Cashew Nuts farming, PISOTA Agricultural Industries Inc. would at the same time provide capacity building training and field trips to local farm owners at some of the company’s existing Cashew Nuts farms in the country to give them better picture of Cashew Nuts farming.

According to the dispatch, Mr. Massaquoi assured the farmers that his company is 100% prepared to bring local farm owners in Nimba County up to speed with Cashew Nuts farming and production while they continue with their regular agricultural activities.

Mr. Massaquoi maintains that local farm owners in the county stand the chance of benefiting from outside exposure in building the skills, knowledge, and methods of cashew nuts farming and production processes.

In response, a local farm owner in Nimba County Mr. SayeGonyon, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, expresses appreciation to the Management of PISOTA Agricultural Industries Inc. and assures that they are fully prepared to work with the company in making its dream a reality.

Mr. Gonyon believes that the planned training and exposure of local farm owners by the Management PISOTA Agricultural will encourage more and more farm owners in Nimba County to take advantage of the opportunity being provided farmers in the new dispensation of agriculture in Liberia.

According to research, the production of Cashew Nuts goes through various stages such as drying, rooting, and peeling before coming into being edible.

The dispatch indicates that the company is interested in promoting increased local consumption, creating awareness on the health benefit of consumption; farmers’ education and post-harvest handling practices, and advocacy visitation to the 15 political subdivisions of the country.

Meanwhile, research information provided by the group indicates further that Cashew nuts are widely grown in Brazil, India, and Vietnam and it contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B 1 (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and vitamin K (phylloquinone).

It describes Cashew Nuts as a good source of magnesium, which is vital for the healthy development of bones, muscles, tissues, and organs of the body, and help to maintain healthy blood pressure, sustain the immune system, maintain nerve function, and keep the bones strong.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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