Cocoa festival to address value-chain production, sustainability, others
PREPARATORY to the yearly Cocoa Festival , operators have expressed optimism in addressing challenges affecting cocoa production and processing in the country.
Scheduled for November 28 through December 2, 2017 at Eti-oni, Atakumosa East LGA of Osun State, five organisations have expressed their willingness to support the festival.
The five organisations are: MTNN, WACOT Ltd, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), Bayer Crop Science and Fidelity Bank Plc.
Speaking at a pre-event press conference for Cocoa Festival 2017 in Lagos, which was attended by the representatives of the organisations, Kester Osai, representing MTNN said the company has been in the forefront of promoting the cultural heritage in the country and Cocoa Festival is one of the important festivals that needs to be supported because of its importance.
The AGM, Commodities of WACOT, Debajyoti Bhattacharyya, said as an agricultural input company, it is regretful that cocoa is not being processed in Nigeria, making the country to lose billions of naira in revenue. He therefore, pledged WACOT’S commitment to supporting cocoa production revival in Nigeria.
Bhattacharyya said the company is working actively in the agricultural to empower farmers, women and youths, working towards improving their socio-economic status.
Also speaking at the event, the Sales Manager, Bayer Crop Science, Adeyemo Adeyemi said it is the policy of the organisation to add value to peoples’ lives and supporting an event like Cocoa Festival is another way of adding value to the lives of Nigerians.