By Tina Ezin
The National President, Cocoa Association of Nigeria, Mr. Sayina Riman, has lamented multiplicity of cocoa revenue points in Cross River State
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Ivara Esu, Riman said they were in Calabar to intimate the government of the development saying effects of multiplicity of cocoa revenue points were robbing on anticipated revenue which should accrue to the state.
The President promised to synergize with the state government to address all issues relating to the revenue collection from the Cocoa industry with a view to putting an end to such scenario.
Mr. Riman promised that the Association will continue to partner the state in cocoa development and production noting that Cross River was the highest cocoa producing state in the country with the best quality cocoa bean and that the state is the most preferred cocoa destination in the country.
Responding, the Deputy Governor disclosed that plans were underway to make cocoa a major crop for export in the next few years adding that cocoa remains a major revenue earner for the State.
He frowned at any crisis in the cocoa industry which could jeopardize the revenue accruing from the product and that that government would not allow any action by individual or group to sabotage its efforts towards cocoa development in the state.