BY JOSHUA DADA, Osogbo
No fewer than 5,000 people representing farmers and representatives of chocolate producing countries are expected to converge on Osogbo, Osun State for the celebration of 121-year cultivation of Cocoa in the country.
Among dignitaries expected at the event to be hosted by Governor Rauf Aregbesola are the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, traditional rulers and captains of industry.
Briefing journalists at the Ministry of Agriculture, Government Secretariat, Osogbo, the Oloni of Eti-oni, Oba Thompson Adedokun said the Cocoa Festival which is being organised by Osun state government in conjunction with the Eti-oni Community and some other corporate organizations is aimed to showcase an important economic and cultural heritage of Osun State.
Oba Adedokun said this year celebration which marks 121 years of cultivation of Cocoa in Nigeria is tagged: The Royal Origins and Traditions of Cocoa for Sustainability.
Oba Adedokun who appreciated the government in Nigeria and Osun in particular in their bid to rejuvenate the economy through agriculture, noted that creating a renaissance in the cocoa industry and build bridges between production and consumption would help achieve sustainable development and also improve the tourism sector in the state.
He said stakeholders are needed to support the government in the area of value added to agriculture, renewable energy and also an excellent social service delivery which would help boast cocoa production to enable it compete in the international markets.
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