Association predicts dearth of cocoa farmers in 20 years

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IBADAN – Mr Joseph Ojediji, the Chairman, Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN), Ibadan Branch, on Monday predicted a decline of cocoa farmers the country the next 20 years.

Ojediji told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Ibadan that many young people were showing enough interest cocoa farming due the hardship associated with the occupation.

“When you think of the time invested preparing the land and the fact that cocoa seedlings take four five years harvest, you will agree that it is a fast-yielding .

young graduate in this present time can wait for about seven years before he begins profit. How many unemployed graduate can wait that long?,” he asked.

The chairman the state government to free planting and highly subsidised chemicals to farmers.

“It is so bad that the government does vote money for cocoa farmers, and when you compare us with crop farmers, we are enjoying what we to do.

“If things should continue this way, and with the older farmers retiring, there would not be cocoa farmers in the in the next 20 years,” Ojediji said. (NAN)