The Ondo State Government has distributed no fewer than 250,000 free hybrid cocoa seedlings to farmers across three senatorial districts of the state for the 2019 planting season. Mr. Adegboyega Adefarati, the Commissioner for Agriculture disclosed this at the official distribution of 40,000 cocoa seedlings to farmers on Wednesday.
Adefarati said that the distribution is part of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s commitment to continue to provide good planting materials for the farmers across the state.
He noted that the cocoa seedlings is high yielding with early maturing and insect pest and disease resistant varieties and would help farmers on better yield and put more money into their pockets.
According to him, the cocoa seedlings will continue to yield within 18 to 24 months of planting
Adefarati, therefore, admonished farmers to plant the seedlings given to them on time to ensure they are well established before the end of this rainy season.
Mr. Segun Odusanya, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry said that the gesture is to empower farmers and improve production of cocoa in the state.
Odusanya said that the free hybrid cocoa seedlings would be given to only registered and real farmers whom the communities could identify as a cocoa farmer.
Chief Adenisimi Akinbisodun, the Chairman of Farmers Congress, Ile-Oluji, a beneficiary said the gesture would help them to replace all the old cocoa in the farm.