Osun State has been declared host of this year’s festival marking Nigeria’s 121stanniversary in cocoa production.
In conjunction with the Eti-oni community, the state government will in Osogbo receive dignitaries including Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, traditional rulers and captains of industry for the celebration of more than a century in cocoa cultivation.
The Oloni of Eti-oni in Osun State, Thompson Adedokun, who confirmed the development at the Ministry of Agriculture, Government Secretariat in Osogbo said the festival, carrying the theme ‘The Royal Origins and Traditions of Cocoa for Sustainability’ will showcase Osun State’s economic and cultural heritage.
According to the Oloni, Governor Rauf Aregbesola will host the event that will attract no fewer than 5,000 people including captains of industries, representatives of chocolate producing nations and farmers.
Adedokun, who disclosed the occasion is being supported by some corporate organisations, lauded both the Federal Government and Osun State government for their efforts in developing the economy through agriculture.
He recommended that the celebration of the anniversary of the country’s cocoa industry be exploited in addressing challenges in cocoa production while boosting tourism in the state.
The Oloni equally called on stakeholders to support the government in making cocoa exports compete favourably with others in international markets.