An industrialist, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, has enjoined the Federal Government to initiate a cocoa production policy that would enable Nigeria to regain its lost leadership in cocoa production globally.
He made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Tuesday.
Ezeemo also urged the government to position farmers to enable them to engage in massive cocoa production to diversify the country from the mono oil economy.
He said that such agricultural policy would not only empower the farmers but also boost the revenue of the country when articulated properly.
Ezeemo said that before now, Nigeria occupied the number one position in world cocoa production but expressed concern that it lost the position due to the erstwhile oil boom.
“We can place priority on cocoa production again and reclaim our position in the world,” he said.
He said that reviving cocoa production in the country would also create jobs for the youth, bring back moribund beverage industries to live, give room for export and generate the needed foreign exchange for the country.
According to him, all hope for Nigeria to regain the position of being a giant in the production of cocoa again is not lost.
Ezeemo further advised that members of the cocoa farmers association be employed to get a directory of all peasant cocoa farmers to enable partner with skilled agriculturalists to establish cocoa plantations.