Cocoa Exporters Demand Return Of Boom Era


Federal Government has been urged to bring back the era, when Nigeria was a top player in terms of quality and quantity in the global Cocoa production.

The Cocoa Exporters Association of Nigeria(CEAN), which made the call, also recalled that in the 1960s and 1970s, the country banked on the commodity as the largest foreign revenue earner and one of the leading cocoa producers, but today, Nigeria is seventh in world ranking.

The association’s Secretary-General, Kayode Babade, who spoke in Akure, the Ondo State capital, noted that Nigeria had all it takes to take over the leadership in cocoa production in the world if farmers and exporters were adequately encouraged by the government.

He, however, praised President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh for inaugurating the Cocoa Re-launch Commitee aimed at diversifying the economy to an agric-based.This development, he observed, would boost the vision to make Nigeria the world’s largest cocoa producer.

According to him, ”CEAN had in the past contributed immensely to the growth and expansion of cocoa in the country by providing loans and herbicides to farmers to enable them increase production.

“With this federal government initiative, we are equally ready to further partner the farmers to ensure that the federal government vision on increased cocoa production comes to reality very soon.’’

CEAN President, Pius Ayodele also urged the committee to alive to their duties, stressing that as major stakeholders in the cocoa value chain, they were looking forward to the cocoa re-launch campaign in Ondo in March.

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