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PIND, CRIN moves to expand, boost cocoa sector

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*Certify 14 nursery operators

By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja

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As part of their contribution to expanding and improving cocoa production in Nigeria,

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The Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) and the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), has concluded plans to boost cocoa production in Nigeria.

As part of its contributions,
PIND’s Advocacy Manager, Chuks Ofulue onboarded and certified 14 cocoa seed nursery operators at CRIN’s headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State.

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Ofulue, who represented the Executive Director, Tunji Idowu, at the certification event, emphasized the importance of this partnership and its significance to the cocoa sector.

“PIND found many missed opportunities within the cocoa value chain. So, we began partnering with the sector’s actors and CRIN to address some of the challenges”, he said.

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PIND and CRIN formed a partnership in 2021 to strengthen the market system for producing and distributing quality seeds in the cocoa sector and improve access to improved seedlings for cocoa farmers in the Niger Delta region. One major part of the partnership activities included the selection and training of seed nursery operators on best nursery management practices. Following the training, PIND supported 14 seed entrepreneurs to establish seed nurseries and produce over 100,000 seedlings supplied commercially to farmers across the region.

PIND also provided routine monitoring and mentoring support to these seed nursery operators and, in collaboration with CRIN, conducted a joint monitoring/evaluation of them earlier this year to review their performance.

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The nursery operators were also assessed for certification and licensing as third-party seedling producers and distributors.
During the event, CRIN’s Executive Director, Dr. Patrick Adebola, said the Institute was happy to partner with PIND as it believed it was a partnership that would yield positive results.

“We partnered with PIND to train the nursery operators because we believe that if we have a request for seedlings that we cannot meet, we can easily direct farmers to the certified nursery operators to fill in the gaps. Apart from servicing the farmers within their locality, the nursery operators can also serve as contractors to CRIN.”

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The Director of CRIN’s Cocoa Program, Dr. Abiodun Adedeji, compared the success of the PIND/CRIN partnership with a similar program the Institute ran between 2015 and 2019.

The Institute produced and distributed 601,000 cocoa pods to farmers only to find out that fewer than 10% of those pods were converted to seedlings for expanding cocoa production in Nigeria.

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He said, ‘If we had gotten this kind of platform (trained and certified nursery operators), we would have worked with this team to produce seedlings and distribute them to real cocoa farmers who would have yielded a better result.”

The certified nursery operators, selected from Abia, Cross River, Edo, and Ondo States, expressed their happiness on being part of the maiden edition of the cocoa seed entrepreneurship program and pledged to abide by the standards and protocols laid down by CRIN.

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Photos/Video: LASU class of 2004, Anthony Campus re-union anniversary

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The class of 2004, Public Administration of the Lagos State University (LASU) Anthony Campus re-union second anniversary get together on Saturday.

Old classmates had a lot share and had time to dance and celebrate old times.

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Finally, after terrorists attack, NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna rail operations on Monday

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Finally, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service on Monday, with only two return services after the terrorists attack.

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Naijablitznews.com reports this was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria.

The statement shows the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna state to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna state by 9:45 in the morning.

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The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board.

It also says the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

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Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00 in the morning on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30 in the morning on Monday, December the 5th.

Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

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The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

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Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

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Peter Obi Attends Gospel Musical Concert ‘The Experience’ In Lagos+Photo

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday, attended the annual gospel musical concert organised by House On The Rock church in Lagos.

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Upon his introduction, Obi was welcomed with cheers from the crowd.

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