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Ilonzo urges Soludo, Tinubu, others to harness local tea cultivation for economic, health advancements


Ilonzo by Okechukwu Onuegbu

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Centre for Herbal Medicine and Centre for Psychic and Healing Administration (CPHA), Awka, Anambra State, Chief Dr Mrs Flora Ifeanyichukwu Nkemakonam Ilonzo has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and governors of 36 States of the federation to invest into herbal tea cultivation and production.

Ilonzo gave the charge in her message on May 21st, 2024 world tea day, a day set aside by the United Nations at her December 21, 2019 resolution aimed at creating awareness and fostering collective actions towards sustainable production and consumption of tea with a view to fighting hunger and poverty.

She averred that investing into local or herbal tea productions across the country would help the country to diversify her economy, as well as create jobs while improving the health and wellbeing of the populace. 

According to her, this could be achieved by mapping out lands across local government areas and communities for cultivation of different species of African medicinal plants otherwise referred to as herbal gardens, including where they could easily be processed and transform to herbal teas before distribution, exportation or consumption.

The herbal expert whose teachings, researches and remedies provided with regards to phytomedicine had been authenticated and praised by various International recognised health institutions like the World Health Organisation (WHO), also urged the citizenry to cultivate and harness herbal teas at their homes, assuring that she will assist the country to navigate through this.

The philanthropist who is renowned for using herbs in resolving frictions between man and nature within and outside Nigeria, further argued that drinking herbal teas could help in preventing or recovering from  chronic diseases because plants have different signatures showcasing health remedies they could provide if well utilised.

She said: "Tea, a beverage that has been cherished for centuries especially by our forefathers, offers not only a delightful and soothing experience but also holds the remarkable medical and therapeutic benefits.

It contains antioxidants that help combat free radicals in our bodies, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain types of cancer. 

"Additionally, tea has been found to promote weight management, improve digestion, and boost the immune system. These health benefits make tea an excellent choice for those seeking natural and holistic remedies to support their well-being.

By harnessing local tea cultivation, we have an opportunity to not only enhance our economy but also improve public health. 

"Cultivating tea within our own borders allows us to tap into a growing market that values organic and locally sourced products. This can lead to job creation, especially in rural areas where tea plantations can thrive. The tea industry can become a significant contributor to our economy, attracting investment, creating employment opportunities, and fostering sustainable growth.

"In conclusion, the harnessing of local tea cultivation is a pathway to both economic prosperity and improved public health. By investing in tea plantations, we can create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth, and position Nigeria as a key player in the global tea market.

" Simultaneously, promoting tea consumption can lead to healthier lifestyles and contribute to the overall well-being of our population. It is crucial that we recognize and seize this opportunity, supporting initiatives that promote and develop the tea industry. Together, let us embrace the potential of local tea cultivation and work towards a future where Nigeria shines as a leader in both economic and health advancements."

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