Olam Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Singapore-based leading food and agri-business Olam International, is training more than 8,000 cocoa farmers in Ondo State to help them improve cocoa crop yields
Odo is the largest cocoa producing state in the country with up to 77,000 mt per annum with the crop being the major cash crop cultivated in the state.
Arun Kartchic, Olam Nigeria Ondo State branch manager, said that with such a training, the farmers will be able to improve their income.
Olam has done business in Ondo state for the past 25 years, contributing to the development of agriculture in the state and assisting the state to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on cocoa yields.
“We are making videos to educate the farmers on ways to avoid COVID-19. We do radio jingles and through the community representatives, we are reaching out to the farmers. COVID-19 is a global epidemic causing a lot of havoc and the training is our way of giving back to the people where we have been working in the state for the past 25 years.”