Speaking during a meeting with officials of Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), in Abuja, Ogbeh said that the ministry has already developed new cocoa breeds capable of beating the two nations.
The Minister, who said oil and gas cannot create 1 million jobs for unemployed Nigerians, disclosed that the agriculture sector could engage about 20 million people, across the entire agricultural value chain.
He wondered why the country still lacks behind the two African nations, despite enormous potentials to grow the economy crop in 23 states across the nation.
“Nigeria needs to surpass Ghana and Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast is targeting 2 million tons now. Ghanah is a bit lower than a million, we are battling at 250, 000 tons and Cocoa can grow in at least 23 states. What happened to us? Oil and Gas,” Ogbe said.
However, the Minister instructed the Ag. Executive Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Dr. Mrs. Feyisara Okelana to prepare intensive implementation plan to ensure government achieve the new target.