Farmers predict low cocoa production this year


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The Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria has predicted that the country may record another low production of cocoa this year if the government fails to address the issue of substandard and fake inputs procured and supplied to its members last year.

The association lamented that the fake inputs allegedly procured and supplied by some people contracted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was responsible for the low cocoa production in 2017.

Speaking with journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Thursday, the National President, CFAN, Chief Raimi Adeniji, urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, to urgently look into the matter for the betterment and improvement of cocoa production this year.

He recalled that in 2017, the suppliers of the cocoa inputs allegedly supplied fake and substandard inputs, which according to him, “contributed to the low production of cocoa we are witnessing today in the country.”

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