The Lagos State Government on Friday introduced a specially-produced loaf made from coconut, known as `Eko Coconut Bread’ to promote the coconut value chain in the state.
The Eko Coconut Bread is produced by the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) in Badagry, Lagos.
Mr Ganiyu Okanlawon, Special Adviser to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Food Security, who represented the governor at the occasion said that the production of the loaf demonstrated the state government’s commitment to boost food security in the state.
“The production of the specially-made loaf from coconut is a demonstration of the state government’s commitment to promote the coconut value chain in the state.
“This development is a step in the right direction in realising the full potential derivable from coconut and making the state a food secured place,’’ he said.
Okanlawon said that Coconut had been scientifically proven to have a lot of medicinal value when consumed on a regular basis.
According to him, Coconut can be used for quick healing of wounds, cough and the prevention of cancer.
“ However, the consumption of coconut products is still limited thus making its medicinal value less exploited.
“But with the introduction of coconut in bread production, it will go a long way in ensuring the consumption of coconut by a large proportion of the populace,’’ he said.
Okanlawon listed coconut oil, coconut cream, soap, coconut water, hair cream, coconut body cream, coconut candy and many others, as other products that could be produced from coconut, aside bread.