PIND and CRIN to certify and license 14 cocoa seed entrepreneurs in the Niger Delta region to improve access to quality seed

By our journalist

The Foundation for Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) and the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) are in the process of onboarding and certifying 14 commercial cocoa seed entrepreneurs. The issuance of the certificate will take place on November 8, 2022 at CRIN Headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State.

In 2021, PIND and CRIN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the market system for the production of quality seeds in the cocoa sector.

The MoU was part of PIND’s strategies to improve access to improved seedlings for cocoa farmers in the Niger Delta region as part of its intervention on access to cocoa seeds. He described a series of activities that will fall under the licensing/certification of trained seed entrepreneurs who would have a business relationship with CRIN to produce and distribute high-yielding, quality cocoa seedlings to farmers.

Through this partnership, 31 seed entrepreneurs participated in training on best nursery management practices in 2021. Following the training, PIND supported 14 seed entrepreneurs to establish seed nurseries and produced over 100,000 seedlings provided commercially to farmers in the region.

In 2022, PIND and CRIN conducted a joint monitoring/evaluation of these nurseries to review their performance and adherence to standards and to certify and license them as third-party seedling growers and distributors, thereby improving the quality distribution network , certified CRIN seeds/plants.

With an average production of 280,000 metric tons, cocoa accounted for USD 804 million in foreign exchange for Nigeria in 2020. However, yield from cocoa plantations remained low, averaging 400 kg per hectare, compared to over 800 kg per hectare obtainable with improved, high-yielding under good agricultural practices.

Low yields and farmer productivity are a combination of factors, including aging trees and farms, limited access to high-yielding varieties, and the use of predominantly older types of cocoa, among other factors.

In 2010, CRIN launched eight new improved varieties known as TC 1-8. These varieties, under good agricultural practice by farmers, have the potential to produce 1.5 tonnes/ha and more per year.

The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) is a Nigerian non-profit organization that works to promote peace and equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria by forging multi-sector and multi-stakeholder partnerships at regional, national and international levels. levels. PIND works closely with many partners to implement collaborative, market-based, community-owned programs to mitigate conflict and stimulate economic opportunities for local businesses, ensuring that economic progress happen in a systemic, inclusive and sustainable way. Since 2010, PIND and its partners have strengthened and stabilized communities in the Niger Delta by reducing poverty, powering coastal communities, promoting employment, fostering stability and fostering development.

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