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Ondo promises employment as chocolate factory, others take off




THE Ondo State government has promised more employment for its unemployed youth in the New Year, especially through agriculture.

According to the state’s Commissioner for information, Kayode Akinmade while speaking with newsmen in Akure on Monday, the government ‘s revolution in the agricultural sector intended to reduce the rate of youth employment in the state will become more manifest in the New Year.

For instance, he said in the government’s Cocoa revolution drive, a modern factory that will utilise and process premium quality cocoa beans produced in the state will begin production of chocolate bars by April, adding that the factory would utilise the facilities of the Cocoa Catalytic Factory in Idanre.

He said the factory would be run by the state’s Cocoa project’ foreign technical partner, Spagnvola Chocolatier of Spain and would have the capacity to produce enough for local consumption and for export.

He mentioned the government’s desire to strengthen relationship with the European Union (EU) with a view to providing international market for the commodities produced in the state.

“Government intends to take advantage of the state as a agriculturally endowed, farmers in the state would be encouraged more with their produce exported to earn them more income, government would also synergize with the EU in the area of investment and technical know-how as Ondo State is blessed with abundant human and natural resources that have competitive advantage which can be exported to Europe.”

According to him, plans were almost concluded to ensure cocoa products in the state gain commodity pricing and value at the Stock Exchange Market. 

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