Abia Government Vows To Boost Agricultural Revolution With Cocoa Farming In The State


Abia State Deputy Governor, Engr Ikechukwu Emetu says that the state Government is working out modalities to ensure that the 16 Cocoa producing LGAs of the State are turned into producing estates for the establishment of Cocoa factories that will beef up the production capacity of the State.

Engr Emetu announced this during a meeting he held with members of the Abia State Cocoa Farmers Association at Govt House, Umuahia restated that the era of other States benefiting from the high production of Cocoa from the State to boost their rating at the detriment of the State will no longer be tolerated as Govt will put a stop to the anomaly.

The Deputy Governor disclosed that the Dr Alex Otti’s led administration will encourage export of Cocoa to other countries by farmers in the State, recognizing the importance agriculture play in the economy of any Nation, have made other lofty promises to boost agricultural revolution in the State as according to him, any Govt that is not agricultural friendly will not be a progressive one.

He described the forthcoming Cocoa Farmers Association Of Nigeria Cocoa Festival holding in Abuja as a welcome development and reassured that as Chairman of the State Cocoa Development Committee, Govt will accord them all the necessary support that will enable the State consolidate on its current rating among the Cocoa producing States of the Nation.

In their remarks, the Chairman, Abia State Cocoa Farmers Association, Sir John Kalu and the State Cocoa Desk Officer, Elder Enoch Eke Kalu said they came to inform him of the choice of the State as one of the six pilot States that will represent and benefit from the 2.3 million dollars grant to assist cocoa farmers and to invite him to the Cocoa Farmers Association Of Nigeria Cocoa Festival taking place in Abuja as well as seek Govt’s sponsorship for the festival in order not to loose the opportunity of benefiting from the grant.


Deputy Governor ‘s Correspondent

Mr Uche Madubuike