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Written by The Nation Reporter   
Dec 05, 2013 at 12:25 AM

•Prof Akinbogun ( fourth from left), flanked by Olajuyigbe, Oyebade , other officials and trainees during the kick-off of the programme.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof Biyi Daramola, has called for a return to massive production of cocoa.

Daramola said the concentration on oil was not good for the country.

The FUTA boss, who spoke at the kick-off of a training for Ondo State Cocoa Pruners, was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Prof Tolulope Akinbogun.

The training is being handled by the university’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (CENT).

The pruners are being taught modern skills in cocoa pruning that will enhance better yield.

Daramola urged the participants to give the training all attention because of its importance.

According to him, cocoa production, which used to be one of the mainstay of the Nigerian economy, especially in the Southwest, has long been abandoned for oil, but is now due for revitalisation.

He said: “There are always modern ways of doing things to achieve the best result. If you do not know these modern ways, it will affect your output. See this opportunity as one of the best. Utilise it well so that you can train others.”

He said FUTA is well-positioned to carry out the training because of its expertise in agriculture and related fields. He said the university would continue to ensure that it adds value to its immediate environment and the society at large.

The Director of the Centre, Dr. Ayo Olajuyigbe, praised Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko for revamping cocoa production.

Dr. Olajuyigbe the Southwest states to leverage on FUTA’s researches to develop their citizens and build in them entrepreneurial skills. He said skill acquisition holds the key to solving the seemingly intractable problem of youth unemployment in the country.

Chairman, Ondo State Cocoa Implementation Committee, Dr. Jibayo Oyebade, praised the management of FUTA for adding value to teh society.

He said “FUTA has come to stand distinctly in the comity of universities in Nigeria, Africa and the world. There are lots of potentials in FUTA that should be externalised.

“We appreciate FUTA’s CENT for partnering with us to train this first set of pruners. This training will enhance the skill of the cocoa farmers in our state and further showcase our products to the world.”

He also thanked FUTA for accepting to train the pruners for further development of the cocoa industry.

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