By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
”Eko Coconut Bread” has been launched by Lagos State Government, as a boost to the food security target in the state.
Made specifically from coconut, the new brand of loaf will “serve the well over 22 million population of the State,” Mr. Ganiyu Sanni Okanlawon, Special Adviser to Lagos State governor on Food Security, said while launching the bread.
The production of the specially made bread from coconut is a demonstration of the state government’s commitment to promote coconut value-chain in the state, he explained.
”This development,” he asserted, “is a step in the right direction in realizing the full potentials derivable from coconut and making the state a food secured place.”
The special adviser stressed the point that coconut has been scientifically proven to have a lot of medicinal values if consumed on regular basis.
Okanlawon stated that coconut can be used for quick healing of wound, can be taken as remedy for cough and prevention of cancer.
He emphasized that other products made from coconut include cream, soap, burundi, coconut water, hair cream, coconut body cream, coconut candy, among others.
The special adviser was confident that the inclusion of coconut as raw material in the production of bread will significantly promote the consumption of coconut by a large number of Lagosians.
Okalawon pointed out that consumption of coconut products in the state is still very limited, thus making its medicinal value to be lowly exploited.
Eko Coconut bread was produced by the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA), the special adviser disclosed.
The bread, he assured, is nutritious and delicious.