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Farmers target more cocoa production

Cocoa production

The Ondo State chapter of Farmers’ Development Union and Tulip Cocoa Processing said they planned to assist cocoa farmers to improve their productivity.

The organisations said this was achievable following various steps being taking by the groups to improve the productivity of the cocoa farmers in the state.
The State Coordinator of FADU, Mr. Victor Olowe, who spoke with our correspondent during the 2017 Farmers’ Day Celebration, held in Ondo, called on the Federal Government to help the farmers by initiating pragmatic programmes to boost cocoa production in the country.

The event, which was jointly organised by FADU and the TCP, drew participants from cocoa farmers in the South-West geopolitical zone of the country.

Olowe identified scarcity of farm inputs, dearth of herbicides and funding as well as bad infrastructure, particularly poor roads, as the major challenges facing cocoa production in the country.

He said, “This programme is an annual celebration to bring our cocoa farmers together to assess the performance in terms of production and sales in the last one year and this is the fourth edition.

“The programme has been having impact positively on the productivity of the farmers because before we started, we used to have farmers producing around 250kg of cocoa per hectare and now the farmers have been able to produce 700kg per hectare and our target is one metric tonne per hectare per year.

“We believe this will increase the income of the farmers and their social life will be improved.”

Also speaking, the Managing Director of the TCP, Mr. Simon Conway-Jarret, said the annual event was geared towards celebrating and honouring cocoa farmers in the company’s supply chain for their commitment and outstanding performance in the 2016/2017 cocoa season.

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