Edo: Varsity unveils plan to venture into large scale cocoa production

As part of its efforts to curb unemployment in the country, Vice-Chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University in Ogwa, Edo State, Babatunde Idowu has revealed that the varsity has set up a piece of machinery that will enable large scale cocoa production.

Speaking during his inaugural press conference at the institution, the VC stated that the university was ardent in resuscitating cocoa farming to tackle the unemployment challenges bedeviling the country.

He alluded that in the glory days when cocoa farming was the booming venture, it generated a lot of revenue for the nation.

His words, “We intend to start a cocoa revolution in Esanland and the entire South-South region. In fact, Ghana was the first African country to start producing chocolate bars. Soon, GVU will start the production of chocolate.”

Idowu also disclosed that the varsity has 667 hectares of land specifically dedicated to agriculture.

According to him, the institution has also launched the cocoa and cashew nursery, while improvements are being made on the oil palm nursery.

The VC, however, called on friends and associates of the institution to extend a helping hand towards the actualization of this dream.


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