Ogun Hosts 2021 Nigeria Cocoa Farmers' Day Celebration

Ogun State today 28th October 2021, played host to the 2nd Nigeria Cocoa Farmers' Day Celebration of the Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN) at an event held at Valley view Auditorium, Government House, Isale Igbein, Abeokuta.

The National President of the Cocoa Famers' Association of Nigeria, CFAN, Comrade Adeola Adegoke has thank the governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun for creating Friendly Cocoa Economic Atmosphere in the state. 

Adegoke made this known at the second celebration of Nigerian Cocoa Famers' Day held at Valley view Auditorium, Government House, Isale Igbein, Abeokuta, today, after the earlier schedule event last year at Cross Rivers state was aborted due to Endsars Protest that engulfed the entire nation last year.

"The selection of Ogun state is a testimony to the friendly Cocoa economic atmosphere created by our dear governor, H.E, Dapo Abiodun, Whose giant strides in all sectors apart from Agriculture has endeared investors to Ogun state." Adegoke said.

The CFAN National President said the present administration of   Prince Dapo Abiodun recognised that the private sector sought to be the driver of the economy.

In his welcome address, His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun represented by The Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina noted that  Ogun State being a focal State in Cocoa production with vast suitable land and unique geography, has fulfilled all listed pre-conditions  necessary for a Mega lift in the Cocoa support initiatives for Ogun Cocoa Farmers' and other actors in the Cocoa value chain. While, stating that the event of today aligns with the Agricultural Agenda of Ogun State in the areas of Food and Nutrition Security, Provision of Jobs and Linkage of Cocoa farmers to Industrial Process as facilitated by His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR.

"The Agricultural agenda and road map for Ogun State aligns with this event in the area of opportunities to provide jobs, foreign exchange earnings, food and nutrition security, and our desire to link Cocoa farmers to industrial process and good agricultural practice. 

"A lot is always being said of the glorious past of the Cocoa sector and the potentials inherent in the Cocoa value chain, which are capable of solving present day challenges that have besieged our polity. As we have always maintained, potentials alone cannot translate to advantages and benefits; and so in Ogun State, we have taken proactive steps aimed at revamping the Cocoa sector for the benefit of our people and the economy at large

"In 2020, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) named Ogun State as a focal state in its Cocoa Development Programme, in recognition of our potential as a Cocoa producing State with vast suitable land and unique geography. As of today, we have fulfilled all listed pre-conditions necessary for a mega lift in the Cocoa support initiatives for Ogun Cocoa farmers and stakeholders, which included evaluation of all Cocoa producing sites in the State, which was funded by Ogun State Government. The result of this evaluation exercise has been shared with Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN) and all Cocoa stakeholders. 

"We have raised and freely distributed over 100,000 improved Cocoa seedlings to Cocoa farmers through Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN) and other channels. Land have been earmarked and made available for prospective investors in primary production, the governor said

The governor urged Cocoa farmers to take advantage of and also sustain the now peaceful atmosphere in the Cocoa farming operating space and complement Government efforts in finding sustainable operating space for the growing interest in Cocoa farming in Ogun State, including people who have responded to the call by requesting for the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) in the Cocoa sector.

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