Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq says his administration has raised 50,000 hybrid Cocoa seedlings to be distributed to farmers at affordable prices once they mature in 18 months.
Governor AbdulRazaq made the disclosure at the a Cocoa Farmers’ Roundtable Conference held at Cocoa House, Oke Onigbin, in Isin Local Government Area of the State.
According to him the idea was brought to ensure effective rehabilitation and regeneration of the aged long cocoa plantations in the state.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Agricultural and Rural Development, Mrs Adenike Afolabi-Oshatimehin, AbdulRazaq said the state government will establish a Cocoa nursery in the State to serve as the genuine source of planting materials for the farmers.
AbdulRazaq explained that the present administration understood that lack of basic social amenities,and physical infrastructure , among others could constitute disincentives for farming in agrarian communities in the State.
He noted that it was for this reason that the state government was committing significant resources to road construction, healthcare, water and basic education in the 2020 budget,l.
AbdulRazq however, assured farmers that his administration will remain committed to rebuilding and reconstructing the state for the good of all and for the benefit of children yet unborn.