The National Cashew As
sociation of Nigeria (NCAN) has said that 71 per cent of Nigeria’s cashew nuts is exported to Vietnam annually.
This is contained in statement signed by Mr Sotonye Anga, the spokesman for the association and made available to journalists in Lagos.
According to the statement, Anga is currently attending a Cashew Trade Conference in Vietnam.
It stated that the conference was organised by the association in partnership with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, USAID NEXTT and the Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS).
The statement noted that the conference was aimed at strengthening the sub-sector’s export position in 2015.
“Vietnam is increasingly becoming an important trade partner to Nigeria and a consistent consumer of its cashew.
“In the last four years, Nigeria’s cashew export to Vietnam has been growing.
“For 2014 alone, 103,046 metric tonnes of our cashew nuts were exported to Vietnam, representing 71.5 per cent of the total cashew export.
“This to us, is an indication of a viable and mutually beneficial trade relationship between Vietnam and Nigeria,” Anga said in the statement.
The spokesman also stated that the association would continue to improve the quality of Nigerian cashew.
According to him, improved quality will give cashew buyers value for their money and the sense of satisfaction.
“Nigerian cashew now enjoys a better global acceptance and this is due to our consistent quality improvement programmes.
“Our farmers and traders have adhered to the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) initiative.
“Through the initiative, Nigeria’s cashew quality is being kept at between 48 KOR and 52 KOR (kernel out turn),” he said.
Anga said that with this trend, the association expected that revenue for cashew exports would rise to N43 billion in 2015.
Meanwhile, the President of VINACAS, Nguyen Duc, was quoted as saying that Vietnam imported 769,000 tonnes of cashew nuts in 2014 Vietnam.
He added that 13.4 per cent of the cashew import came from Nigeria.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.
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