By Chris Nomjov
The Ondo State government has announced plans to commence production of cocoa, to make chocolate that is internationally worthy, hygienic, nourishing and outstanding; soon.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko disclosed this, while speaking at a gala night/dinner organised for participants of the National Defence College (NDC), Abuja, Course 24, as part of activities rounding off their week long geo-strategic tour of the state.
He said group-farmers will get stock brokers and thus market their products in Nigerian stock exchange with the aim of branding cocoa in a globally acceptable way.
Mimiko added that plans will soon be concluded to ensure cocoa from the state gains commodity pricing and value at the Stock Exchange Market.
He expressed confidence that the state will soon be recognised globally in its cocoa revolution and will in turn assist in repositioning Nigeria to its position in cocoa production among comity of nations.
It would be recalled that cocoa produced in the state for chocolate production had received world certification and recognition. In June 2015, the state cocoa Revolution Project won a Silver award at the Academy of Chocolate Award, held in London.
Also, cocoa produced in the state has received rare reviews in America and other parts of the world. Ondo State cocoa remains the only Chocolate award winner from West Africa that produces 75% of global Cocoa Bean output.