Taraba State, in an effort to further boost Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), has embarked on the NGADA Cocoa plantation project which could make it one of the biggest Cocoa producers in Nigeria by the year 2020.
In a statement by Rev. (Hon.) Nagombe Joseph Titus, coordinator NGADA Special Development Area earlier in the week at a meeting with some key officers of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan on how to train the NGADA Cocoa Plantation project staff. He stated that the Cocoa farm is expected to start yielding by the year 2020.
The coordinator with the Director of Marketing, Mrs. Tunde and the Director of Survey of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan also discussed how the product can be marketed by 2020.
The meeting bordered on equipping the NGADA Cocoa farm staff with the professional knowledge on how to go about with the farm’s activities taking into account the preparation to start harvesting the Cocoa by 2020.
The NGADA Cocoa plantation project if completed would be the largest single cocoa farm in the state which has the likelihood of attracting foreign earning. According to the target, not less than fifty thousand cocoa stands must be planted annually till the over two hundred thousand cocoa stands targeted to be planted on the farm was accomplished.
As part of the plan to reach this year’s target of Cocoa to be planted, the coordinator has again purchased forty thousand (40,000) seedlings and bought two thousand (2,000) Cocoa pods to raise nursery in preparation for next year planting period.