Norsworthy Agro Allied Company Limited and Delta State Government have partnered to develop over 250,000 oil palm trees to boost job creation and food security in the country.
The company made this known in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
The statement said the Delta Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and Chief Gabriel Ogbechie, Chairman of Norsworthy Agro Allied Company Limited, recently inspected the palm plantation and refinery together.
Speaking after the inspection, Ogbechie said the palm trees were being cultivated in over 1,400 hectares of land owned by Akwukwu-Igbo, Ugbolu, and Ilah communities in Oshimili North Local Council of the state.
Ogbechie said that the company was planning to expand further with the acquisition of additional 600 hectares of land at Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area.
“This giant stride being undertaken by Norsworthy is largely justified by the fact that palm oil is a key ingredient in the production of several items in the market and these include soap, cosmetics, biscuits, pharmaceuticals, margarine, detergent, lubricants, candles, feedstock and so on.