Cocoa, according to the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), was introduced by the Portuguese into the Gulf of Guinea from where it got to Nigeria around the last quarter of the 19th Century. The introduced variety was the Amelonado.
This variety later became unique to West Africa, hence the name “West African Amelonado”, for its significant chocolate flavor which remains a benchmark in the World Cocoa Industry till date.
Experts like Dr. Victor Inyama, former President Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN), said cocoa can grow in 27 states including Kaduna. The crop can sustain a farmer for the next 70 years. Also, there are available varieties that can start producing after four years.
A tonne of the cocoa beans cost between N800, 000 to N1.2 million depending on the location in Nigeria and the demand is high. Read more