Yesterday, OGTV reported that cocoa production in the country dropped by 5.2% from 248,000 metric tonnes in the 2013/2014 planting season to 235, 000 metric tonnes in the 2014/2015 season. Nigeria is the fourth largest producer of cocoa in the world after Ivory Coast, Indonesia and Ghana. It’s said the there is a great increase in demand and so cocoa prices increased. The federal government always promise to support in this area. But, according to the National Vice President of Cocoa Association of Nigeria, Cross River/Akwa Ibom zone, Mr Godwin Ukwu, “there is no support from the government in any way to rehabilitate or replant the cocoa” and that “affects production.” Let us not imagine that the government is doing nothing. The government released seedlings last year, as reported but the seedlings did not reach many farmers. Monitoring the distribution is then a suggestion for improvement. But we must actually know that corruption isn’t centred at the centre only.
March 22, 2016