The State Government has distributed 20,000 cocoa seedlings to farmers in Isua Akoko area of the state, as part of strategies to boost the Cocoa Revolution Project.
No fewer than 100 cocoa farmers in Isua-Akoko benefitted from the free hybrid cocoa seedlings distribution by the State Government in Akoko South-East Local Government area of the state.
Former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Titilayo Adeyemi, who facilitated the programme, noted that the seedlings would further boost the economy of the axis and that of the state.
She stated that the cocoa cultivation culture had been noticed in Isua-Akoko, adding that this was why government had deemed it fit to engage farmers in the area.
She told the people of the council area that if they keyed into the production of cocoa, it would boost the income generating potential of the local government area and significantly boost development in the council area.
Former Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture and Agric Business, Akin Olotu, noted that each of the beneficiaries would get 200 seedlings.
Represented by Mr. Toba Adenowuro, the State Secretary, Cocoa Revolution Project, he said that the seedlings were two-year-old, high-yielding and matured, adding that the move was motivated by the need to keep Ondo as the number one cocoa producing state in the country.
According to Olotu, the distribution would span the 16 cocoa producing local government areas of the state.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Kayode Ovie, who said he was born into cocoa production, said that the initiative would help him and others in their cocoa business.