Ekiti Set To Renew 66,000 Hectares Of Ageing Cocoa Plantations

June 24, 2012

A cocoa plantation.

Ekiti Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mr. Babajide Arowosafe has disclosed that the State Government would renew 66,000 hectares of ageing cocoa farms in the State.
The Commissioner who  made this known while addressing newsmen on his office in Ado-Ekiti also revealed that some officials of the ministry will soon visit Indonesia to acquire knowledge on how to rehabilitate cocoa plantation.
He promised that by next planting season, the state Government will make available additional 150,000 stands of improved cocoa of seedlings to farmers in the state .
On the Youth in Commercial Agriculture Development Programme (YCAD), Commissioner Arowosafe said that over 3000 hectares of land have been prepared for the take-off of the programme, adding that each of the youths will cultivate between 15-20 hectares of land.
He called on farmers in the state to make use of all available assistance from the State Government to ensure food security in the State.
Mr. Arowosafe  restated the commitment of the Fayemi –Administration to transform  the state into the food basket of South- western Nigeria

Last modified: June 24, 2012

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