CRIN Distributes Cocoa Hybrid Seedlings To Cocoa Farmers

Cocoa seedlings’ distribution to farmers at CRIN Ibeku Substation, Abia State

CRIN Distributes Cocoa Hybrid Seedlings To Cocoa Farmers

In demonstration of the Corporate Social Responsibility of the Institute to cocoa farmers in her environment, both in the Headquarters, Ibadan and the Substations, the Institute in partnership with Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), embarked on the distribution of cocoa hybrid seedlings to farmers. The process of raising the seedlings began in November, 2020, when the Production and Substation Department of the Institute, headed by a Director, Dr. Moses Ogunlade, was mandated to produce cocoa seedlings for distribution in 2021 season. The project was in different phases starting with the clearing of shade nets and filling of top soil into polythene bags, planting, sorting and maintenance of the seedlings. The success of the project is not unconnected with the dogged managerial ability of the Executive Director, Dr. Patrick Adebola. Also worthy of commendation is the commitment and dedication of the entire staff of Nursery Section as well as the coordinating efforts of the Director, Plantation and Sub-Stations. Over 300,000 seedlings were distributed and the States that benefited from this gesture were Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Kwara, Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Anambra, Abia, Akwa Ibom and Cross River. The representatives of Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN), Cocoa and Plantain Farmers Association of Nigeria, Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN), Multipurpose Cooperative Unions, Ministries of Agric. and Tree Crop Units of States were on hand to take the delivery of the hybrid cocoa seedlings.

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