Ben Ayade

Governor Ben Distributes New-Improved Cocoa Pods To Farmers

Governor of Cross River State, Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade, being represented by the Special Adviser on Cocoa Development and Control, in the person of Ntufam (Dr) Oscar Ofuka, distributed Cocoa Pods to Local Farmers in Southern Senatorial Zone of Cross River State, yesterday, being 23rd of November, 2022 at the CRBC Cocoa Demonstration Farm in Calabar. This is to further advance the Cocoa Revolution agenda of Senator Professor Ben Ayade.


According to Dr Oscar Ofuka, as oil dependence navigates the nation’s economy into dusk of uncertainty, Governor Ben’s agro industrial initiative has lightened the fuse for an explosive rediscovery of new economic opportunities for Cross River State and the country at large. This new economic trajectory of migrating away from non renewable, but exhaustive fossil fuel and gas to agro-industrial-driven economy, is witnessing a rebirth in Cross River State under the watch of Governor Ben. This novel initiative is sustained by the extant principle of comparative advantage and the state is set to take a lead among the comity of subnational governments by standing very tall in a highly competitive global market mostly now that Cocoa maintains appreciative similitude value with gold.
According to him, Governor Ben’s ingenious Cocoa initiative, comes with a value-chain that has the potentials to take many jobless crossriverians off the streets, aside improving on the export value of the Cross River State Cocoa. He said that Cocoa, allover the world, plays a leading roll as a major raw material in confectionary industries which places it amongst items on the hotlist for global demand and the installation of an Ultra Modern Cocoa Processing Industry in Ikom by Governor Ayade, had already occupied the most revered chapter in records of the state’s economic development because the state’s place in global commercial integration is prime for the high premium Cocoa attracts at the international market.


From the bumper yield recorded at the Demonstration Farm at CRBC, Calabar, it has been, sufficiently, proven that the soil of the Southern Senatorial Zone of Cross River State does even far better in Cocoa than the Central
The Cross River State government has brought a new improved specie of Cocoa known as the TC2, a hybrid between the Amazon and our local specie with just 18 months gestation period, which has been bio-genetically engineered by the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN). This specie is, usually, short in height, but with almost five times yields, as compared to our local specie.


He added that the initiative is not only purposed to shield the state’s economy from the harsh impact of being delisted from oil producing states, but to decouple the state from dependence on FAAC and to enhance economic self reliance of individuals and many families who will likely key into the Cocoa Revolution Initiative of Governor Ben. Consequently, the hydra-headed economic throes crossriverians had suffered as a result of being delisted from oil producing states because of the loss of Bakassi and the 76 oil wells is, hurriedly, being trashed in the can of history as a forgotten past.


The occasion has His Royal Majesty, Murray Munene Okon Eyo, the Paramount Head of the Efut Combined Assembly as the Chairman of the event, amongst other traditional rulers from the Southern Senatorial Zone of Cross River State. The Murray, ceremoniously, opened the Cocoa Demonstration Farm and immediately led the harvest of the Cocoa Pods that were later distributed to local farmers for nursery.


Murray was overwhelmed by Governor Ben’s Cocoa Revolution Initiative and appreciated Dr Oscar for keeping pace with the mandate. He encouraged the people of the Southern Senatorial Zone to key into this new opportunity brought by Governor Ayade and be defocused from the white Collar job that promises nothing but bleak economic future and uncertainty.


The Special Adviser announced that the next zone where the event will take place is the central and that the old specie of Cocoa shall be replaced with the New-Improved specie across the entire state and in a no distant time, Cross River shall be reputed as the highest producer of Cocoa in Nigeria.


Eval Asikong

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