Determined to bring back the glorious days of cocoa which was among the significant foreign exchange earner for Nigeria, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), International Standards Organisation (ISO) and important stakeholders in the cocoa industry have drafted string of standards in renewable and traceable cocoa beans. The agency said that the move came on the heels of its focus to drive agricultural growth.Osita Aboloma, the Director General, SON, through an ISO Technical Committee meeting held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on”Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa”, commended ISO to be instrumental in the development from the current draft ISO 34101 string of criteria of legumes.
The Director General, SON, represented by Mrs. Margaret Eshiett, the Director, Business Support Services, SON, stated that the draft ISO 34101 series of criteria was aimed at establishing requirements for a management system for its cultivation of cocoa beans, which makes production more sustainable.She added that the draft standard features a farm improvement program that was dynamic, with a stepwise approach to improve the societal economic and environmental impact in the coca value series.
The show, according to her, will help encourage the professionalism of strawberry farming around the world and encourage cocoa farmers to make.She said that when work is finished on the criteria, the usage of standards’ ISO 13401 string would have effect on the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their families, including that it might help them transform their farms into companies.Also speaking during the event, a representative of the Nigerian American University, Omorogbe Omorogiuwa, stated one component in determining the best way to use agriculture to enhance economics in Nigeria was to assess the historic efforts in terms of agriculture that Nigeria has engaged in since its independence.
Omorogiuwa added that Nigeria was lucky to have plenty of fertile soil along with a climate acceptable for agriculture, adding that a recent group study analyzed the effect of other stations of growth on the drop in poverty and the overall growth rate in six low-income countries of Africa, noting that the findings of that research could be applicable to Nigeria too.Sayina Rimanthe president of the Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN), expects output signal for the new season to strike 300,000 tonnes and 320,000 tonnes, sharply from the season just ended which was blighted by poor weather.He disclosed that the cocoa season in Nigeria runs from October to September, with an crop plus a smaller light or mid-crop that begins in April or May and runs through September.