Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council has organized a training workshop for cocoa farmers on best agricultural practices and the use of pesticides on cocoa.
According to the organisations, the decision is in line with the efforts of the Federal Government to diversify to non-oil exports, develop better production of cocoa and its export.
No fewer than 100 cocoa farmers attended the one-day training held at CFAN building in Osogbo recently. The beneficiaries of the training were also urged to embrace modern methods of cultivating the crop.
While speaking, one of the resource persons, a plant breeder from CRIN, Festus Olasupo, said the farmers were taught the latest techniques that will enhance the quality of cocoa beans they produce adding that the famers needed to be taught how they can give the best.
Another trainer, a Director in CRIN, Adedeji Rasheed, noted that the training would enhance better appreciation of cocoa produce both within and outside Nigeria.