Co­coa fes­ti­val to ad­dress value-chain pro­duc­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity, oth­ers

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - INDUSTRY -

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.

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