AS part of as part of efforts to boost cocoa production in Ondo State, the State government has established another Cocoa Plantation at Ijugbere in Owo Local Government Area of the state.
The governor who disclosed this at the weekend during his visit to the Cocoa plantation said the establishment of the plantation became imperative to reposition the state as one of the best cocoa growers in the state.
According to the governor, the project which was sited on a 35 hectares land was designed to specifically produce improved cocoa seedling
He said more than 450,000 seedlings also have a seedling are ready to feed the plantation and ready for distribution to young graduates who are interested in farming and cocoa across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Akeredolu reiterated the commitment of the present administration in the state to leverage on the agricultural potentials of the state to ensure that youths are productively engaged for them to begin to live a better life.
The governor also assured that the Cocoa Revolution Project of the present administration would be worth investing in, in view of the fact that its improved seedlings have eighteen months period to maturity, saying his administration is prepared to return the state to where it used to be as the leading producer of Cocoa.
He commended the federal government for its interest in supporting the state government on its agricultural policies which are aimed in creating jobs for the unemployed and to ensure food security for the state, saying “Ondo State would soon take its rightful position in the production of Cocoa.”
Akeredolu assured that work would soon begin on the farm road so as to make their farm produce easily accessible to the nearest markets.
Akeredolu said ” our five cardinal program is clear and job creation is there and we say we are going to do that through agriculture.
“This project is a major one for us. We use to be the leading Cocoa Producer in at least, Africa, if not the world. But something had happened to us in Nigeria and our fortune has really dwindled.
” President Muhammadu has always felt that there must be a Cocoa revolution so that we can really try as much as possible struggle to be where we use to be as the leading Cocoa Producer in the world.
“So, when he gave his words and he’s to come here for Cocoa revolution, we decided to look for a site and we got this Ijugbere area so that we can have several hectares of Cocoa plantation. We are looking at the possibility of bringing the President to see, you see we have been to the nursery and it’s well done.”
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