The Cross River Government is working towards the actualisation of production of 500,000 metric tons of cocoa annually to boost the revenue profile of the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prof. Anthony Eneji, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Calabar while briefing newsmen on the activities of his Ministry.
He said: “Cocoa is one of our goldmines; our joint goal is to expand cocoa production and achieve our target of 500,000 metric tons yearly.
“We are really working on that; even if we meet half of this target (250,000 tons) it will take care of the projected revenue of the state annually.’’
Also speaking, Mr Oscar Ofuka, Special Adviser to the governor on Cocoa Development, said that over 13,000 hectares of land had been allocated to farmers for the 2016 farming season at Cocoa estates in Ikom and Etung LGAs.
He said that the government was committed to achieving cocoa revolution in the state, adding that, the state has the potential to becoming the highest producer of cocoa in Nigeria.
“We are doing everything possible to becoming the number one cocoa producing state in the country.
“Our number two position is not acceptable to the government and the governor has directed that, we work harder to becoming the highest cocoa producer in Nigeria, ‘’ he said.
Ofuka warned those working against the government’s interest to desist from such act as the government was ready to invoke relevant laws against them.
“We will prosecute all those working against the economic interest of the state, ‘’ he warned.