By Bamidele Moses
The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola yesterday said the state will become the hub of cocoa production in the country with the revival of the moribund Osun Cocoa Production Industry in no distant time.
The Governor stated this during a facility tour of the newly resuscitated Cocoa Production Industry in Ede in partnership with a Chinese Company, Golden Monkey of China.
Aregbesola noted that the strength of the production industry is a thing of joy to the state going by the present production capacity of twenty thousand metric tons compared to its five thousand tons capacity in 2001 before the factory was abandoned.
He held that the Cocoa Production Industry in Ede will go a long way to support the state’s agricultural plan and efforts at developing Cocoa farming in the state.
The Governor commended the partnering company for its commitment to the contractual agreement by hitting the ground running with a factory that is with a capacity that is four time higher than what the maximum capacity of the industry before it became moribund.
Aregbesola after the facility tour said, “From my projection, I want them to increase the strength of their production by consistently taking their production from liquid to powder and cake.
Earlier, the Assistant General Manager of Skyron Cocoa Production Industry, Song Lin said the management had increased and multiplied the production capacity four times than what they met before the agreement.
She revealed that the company is presently producing cocoa liquid, adding that in no time, the organisation would be producing both cocoa powder and cake.
Song also affirmed that as soon as the company installs more facilities, the company would definitely jerk up its production capacity.
Speaking on the modality of government and the Chinese investors, the Chairman Board of Directors, Skyrun Cocoa Production Industry, Chief Adewale Adeeyo said the state has invested a lot of energy to make the project a reality.
Chief Adeeyo pointed out that with the resuscitation of the company, the business of cocoa produce buyers and farmers has been positively rejuvenated, saying cocoa suppliers have been coming regularly to the industry to do business.
He said the state is looking forward towards establishing robust economic activities, thus turning the state to food producing state.