Ogun Moves To Boost Cocoa Farmers' Income - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Ogun Moves To Boost Cocoa Farmers' Income

Ogun State Government has donated 10,000 improved cocoa seedlings to Tulip Cocoa Processing Limited, for onward distribution to farmers as part of moves to boost production and increase their income.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina while handling over the seedlings to the farmers in Itele, Ijebu-East Local Government Area, 
explained that the initiative was a sign of government's commitment to woo more private organisations to participate in agricultural interventions for improved economy of the State and livelihood of farmers.

Odedina who was represented by the Director,Tree Crops and Rural Development, Mr. James Oyesola, pointed out that the improved cocoa seedlings would start yielding in two years, and would in-turn make Ogun the largest cocoa producer in the country,

He added that improved production would create job, ensure food security and enhance economic activities of farmers .

According to him,“This is a community-driven project and the fourth location to give free improved seedlings to farmers as mandated by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun. Due diligence will be done to ensure we get results. So, I urge our farmers to make judicious use of this farming inputs and nurture them well, as well as utilise the skills of extension officers provided by government, to boost your income and quality of input to meet world standard"

Also speaking the Managing Director, Tulip Cocoa Processing Limited, Mr. Johan Van Der Merwe, expressed delight at the proactiveness of government in responding to the request for free cocoa seedlings, for the farmers from whom the company off-take cocoa produce.

Mr. Van Der Merwe, expressed optimism that the initiative would impact positively on the farmers, as the new cocoa breeds would replenish the old-dying trees and increase production at the maturation stage.

Responding, the President of Agbegbemi Cocoa Farmers Production and Marketing Cooperative Union, Alhaji Rasheed Adegoke, applauded State government for the gesture.

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