Nigeria Will Begin Exporting Cocoa Derivatives…
Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has stated that it is past time for the country to export cocoa powder and other derivatives in order to expand the value chain, increase farmer income, and generate foreign money.
He also stated that the Federal Government is working to make Nigeria the world’s largest cocoa grower and exporter.
At the Cocoasoil Group’s Cocoa Production Update presentation in Abuja, Abubakar said the cocoa productivity handbook contained a lot of articulated study by specialists on how to boost production.
The minister argued that Nigeria should be the world’s top cocoa producer because the crop can be cultivated in many locations of the country.
“We are watching what is happening in other countries and will imitate it here,” he said. Farmers will bring their raw resources to be processed in the industry section, after which they will be exported.
“Researchers have also gone to see why cocoa production isn’t at its peak here, despite the fact that we have everything we need to be the best.” We have discovered the difficulties as a result of our research, and with this handbook, we will be able to resume exporting cocoa at a higher level than before.
“We’ve identified the hazards, including the ease of production and planting, and we’ll know what to do now.”
Speaking at the event, Mr. Frank Kudla, Director of the Federal Department of Agricultural Extension, said the government and partners are trying to build a cocoa plantation in non-forest areas.
The Sustainable Trade Initiative (STI) of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is leading the program in partnership with the Cocoa Research Institute (CRIN) in the target nations of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Cameroon, he said.
The cocoa soil initiative, according to Kudla, who is also the Chairman of the Partnership for Development (P4D) Committee, is aimed at investing in cocoa research and development in order to strengthen Partnership for the program.
The research and development component, he explained, is oriented on gaining more understanding in cocoa management and nutrient improvement.
He added that the project’s goals include developing cocoa yield validation in Nigeria and disseminating research findings to farmers, and that it has so far educated 126 extension agents and 28,000 cocoa farmers.
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