A new company manufacturing crunchy peanut snacks now stands tall in Imo State, this is exciting because in 2018, Nigeria exported around 1.9 million USD, worth of peanuts equivalent to 3,037m metric tons.
With this in mind, the Special Adviser to Imo State Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert paid a working visit to Hastings Foods Limited, makers of Hastings Crunchy Coated Peanuts Located at Naze Medium Small Scale Industrial Cluster Phase Two, Naze Owerri.
Hastings Foods Limited is a Diasporan owned company sited in the state for efficient productivity, this company employs several people and provides training to many young people.
The Special Adviser stated that she’s proud to see a Diasporan once again creating employment opportunities and increasing food production in our city.
This she said, “is in line with the vision of my Boss His Excellency, Governor Hope Uzodimma.
She further stated that, “Our Governor has proven that Imo is open for business, everyday we can see the focus on infrastructural development, to ensure a solid foundation which promotes ‘ease of doing business’.
The young Imo Diasporan Investor described his product as “very tasty, nicely packed and highly recommended for smart workplaces and homes” but he also shared a few challenges that plague the day to day business, like lack of constant light supply.
He added that generally things are ok but he would like to see more infrastructural support.
The Governor’s Aide Hon. Cllr. Celia agreed with the Investor and reassured him that a massive reconstruction and rehabilitation is already underway in and across the State.
She thanked the Imo Diasporan investor for ‘thinking home’.
Nigeria is the largest peanut producer in Africa.
This year, the production is expected to triple, making Nigeria the 3rd largest peanut producer in the world, after China and India.