PROJECT DETAIL: DEVELOPMENT OF SHEA BUTTER FOR DOMESTIC INDUSTRY AND EXPORT
Following are the details of the project:
The Council developed the technology and equipment for Shea nut processing. The equipment was installed for a Women Cooperative Society to reduce the drudgery associated with the traditional method. The plant has a crushing capacity of 0.5ton/hr and kneading capacity of 100Kg/hr. The plant was upgraded by introducing a more efficient kneader. Private sector operators around the location of the plants have adopted the technology.
The Council has conducted laboratory analysis on the Shea butter samples. In order to classifying the butter into grade A, B, C or D in accordance with international grading of Shea butter for different uses.
In addition, improved Shea nut seedlings with about 5-7 years gestation period (instead of 25 years for those in the wild) were procured from National Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) and planted at Abaji Area Council in FCT. The improved seedlings at the farm were demonstrated to farmers in an effort to domesticate and popularize investment in Shea tree plantation development . So far, over 500 women and youths in the North West and North East geo-political zones of the country were been trained on best practices to improve the quality of shea butter for domestic and export markets.
Further to this, the Council acquired eight hectares of land for the establishment of a model shea nut-processing centre for training on Shea nut processing in FCT and neighbouring States.
A Roadmap for the development of the Shea sector in Nigeria has been developed and produced by the Council in collaboration with the key stakeholders and relevant agencies. This would transform the Nigerian Shea sector into a multibillion Naira industry.