The Nigerian government distributes 66, 000 cocoa seedlings and other essential inputs to smallholder farmers to alleviate the effects of the new coronavirus pandemic in the sector.
The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development said the seeds are being given to farmers free of charge while other inputs are offered at a 75 percent subsidy.
President Muhammadu Buhari said that Nigeria’s revenue from cocoa and sesame seeds has increased by $79.4 million and $153 million in the past year.
The country has successfully managed its agricultural transformation and has incorporated the following processes: modernizing business and strengthening the links between process, production, and market.
According to the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Shehuri, the government needed to boost agricultural production in Nigeria, noting that “many countries have banned or drastically reduced food exports to avoid food scarcity.