Cocoa farmers in the country have been urged to brace up and take the necessary steps needed in developing their cocoa farms instead of waiting on government to push them forward.
This was emphasized during a farmers’ training and sensitization programme held in Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom State capital on 13th September, 2013.
According to Mr. Riman, Cocoa is a very important crop in Nigeria and remains the largest earner after oil therefore; a cocoa farmer should be hard working towards developing his own farm as the economic advantage of the survival of Nigeria lies in agriculture.
At the training, Mr. Riman who also is the President of Cocoa Association of Nigeria stressed the need for cocoa farmers to develop their farms as it will also help them in producing good quality cocoa which would be more acceptable to the international market.
“There is going to be a process. When you start developing your cocoa very well, it begins to meet standards.”
He however regretted that most cocoa farmers do not ferment or sun-dry their cocoa very well and this leads to a poor production.
During the training, Mr. Riman also urged the farmers to take active participation in the on-going cocoa farmers’ registration as it identifies them as a true cocoa farmer in the country.
It was his contention that by the time the registration collation is completed, the farmer becomes exposed to the world market as such farmer and his farmland could be located from anywhere in the world through the GPS coordinate.