Category : Agriculture

Other News / Agriculture - 1 month ago

Boosting Osun’s cocoa potential

Cocoa has become the country’s agriculture’s fourth engine, rivaling other major industries in export receipts. Osu in Atakumosa West Local Government Area, Osun State, is one of the production bases. Postgraduates of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan, under the auspices of Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA), undertook a survey, Daniel ESSIET reports. Mrs. Olaitan Olabanke is a cocoa farmer in Atakumosa West Local Government Area of Osun State. Her farm is at Ibodi area. Cocoa farming has enabled her and her family to build a home and educate their children. Cocoa is a big business supporting households in Osu, in Osun State. Currently, the industry contributes about 70 per cent to the gross domestic product of the area. The area has been known for the production of cocoa, and kola nut. For them, the value and volume of cocoa per unit of cultivation is higher than arable crops. Its value chain encompasses many activities that can  benefit Nigerian and drive socio-economic growth. The Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Atakumosa West Local Government Area, Chief Otemuyiwa Olusoji, is one of the major cocoa famers in Osu. He has been in the business for more than 25 years. He farms on more than 20 hectares. Speaking during a...