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Nigerian palm wine tappers face tough climb

By Ben Simon  /  AFP, NSUKKA, Nigeria

While NIFOR and Abuja’s Institute of Industrial Research run projects aiming to make palm wine more profitable, Ozioko’s business remains a one-man shop.

He aims to sell about 3.7 liters to a local market each day, earning about US$9.30. That is still well above the national average of less than US$2 per day.

Ozioko sets aside some of his harvest for personal use and said he drinks palm wine every day.

When asked why, he gave a simple justification: Because “I’m a tapper,” Ozioko said.

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