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25 Nov
The Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) targeted at empowering graduates of Nigerian polytechnics and universities with entrepreneurial skills...
23 Aug
We discovered oil and started neglecting other sectors of the economy, especially agriculture and most specifically, the tree crop. This subsector was known for great foreign exchange earnings....
22 Feb 2021
First, most of the cocoa trees in Nigeria have been existing from about 40 to 60 years and even more. Therefore, those plantations have declined in productivity and there is a need to either plant..
28 Sep 2020
Cocoa and palm oil, among others, were the bedrock of the country’s economy before the Oloibiri oil rig became a metaphor for complacency and mono-cultural economy 60 years after independence.
11 Sep 2020
Production of cocoa as cash crop has dropped due to inadequate financing, among other factors. This is despite that cocoa is the nation’s leading cash crop in terms of export...
7 Sep 2020
Alhaji Abdulahi Jao, Board Chairman, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Ibadan, identifies challenges of cocoa production and value chain development while suggesting the way forward, among other issues. FEMI IBIROGBA reports. The cocoa industry is in a shambles despite its contribution to the economy as non-oil earning, and this administration appears to concentrate on…
13 Jan 2020
Agricultural scientists and researchers have called on farmers, agro-entrepreneurs and investors to take precautions against fire outbreaks on farms or storage facilities to prevent avoidable losses
4 Oct 2019
Open grazing is a big threat to food security in the country, says former chairman, Board of Directors, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Ibadan, Dickson Imasogie.
8 Jul 2019
Osun State government has partnered with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and private sector to enhance mechanised agriculture.
17 Dec 2018
Head, Agro-Economy Desk, FEMI IBIROGBA writes on the efforts of stakeholders in the cocoa value chain development to make the crop the mainstay of the economy; climate change management through agro-forestry and yardsticks for certification to meet international standards, among other industry issues. With the realities that there are structural bottlenecks in Nigeria causing inadequate…
6 Dec 2018
Nigeria’s current annual cocoa production is put at 367,000 tonnes annually. Comparatively, Cote d’Ivoire produces 1.48 million tonnes.
15 Nov 2018
Some young people, especially graduates, see cocoa farming as a poorly rewarding business meant for only the aged people who have resigned to fate. They think farmers, and by extension cocoa producers, have nothing else to show for their labour and drudgery except a beggarly existence. These perceptions are not only false but also far…


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