Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has urged Cocoa Association of Nigeria, CAN to adhere to the recommended chemicals of the International standard to avert rejection of exported cocoa products.
Mallam AbdulRazaq who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, made this known today at the 12th Annual General Meeting of Cocoa Association of Nigeria, held at the Kwara Agro Mall in Ilorin.
He said the state government will support farmers in the industry by providing enabling environment to financial institutions for data in cocoaplantation, cocoa cooperative societies, processors and manufacturers in the year 2020.
In an opening address, the National President of
Cocoa Association of Nigeria, Mr Sayina Riman called for dialogue among the stakeholders for sustainable growth and adherence to policy initiatives and implementation to remove impediments to dual exchange that is unfavourable to export of commodities in Nigeria.
Mr Riman,who also doubles as the Vice President, World Cocoa Producers Organization, explained that the Association would sustain collaboration with CBN / NIRSAL, Federal Ministries of Agriculture, Industry, Trade and Investment and other critical stakeholders to develop value chain as well as access to single digit interest rate of Anchor Borrowers Scheme.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Cocoa Association of Nigeria, Kwara State Chapter, Mr Ogunbiyi Olatunbosun noted that apart from petroleum, coco is next on the line among the list of revenue accruals to the government’s purse with over thirty percent.
Mr Olatunbosun expressed optimism that with the support of government to farmers and coco industry, Kwara State will soon exceed the marginal three percent in ranking among cocoa producing state in the country.
Other members, Mallam Kabir Alhasan and Mr Dada Oluwole, described the program as an eye-opener which they said would boost the status of Kwara leading producer of the product in Nigeria and called on government at all levels to give necessary supports to coco farmers in the state.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Kwara State
February 27th, 2020