Cross River Cocoa Farmers Seek Aid to Revive Plantations Destroyed by Fire

Cocoa farmers in Nigeria's Cross River State seek aid after devastating bushfire destroyed their plantations, urging government support to revive their livelihoods and the region's vital cocoa industry.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Cross River Cocoa Farmers Seek Aid to Revive Plantations Destroyed by Fire

Cross River Cocoa Farmers Seek Aid to Revive Plantations Destroyed by Fire

Cocoa farmers in Cross River State, Nigeria, are appealing for assistance to help them recover from devastating losses caused by a bushfires. The fire, which was reportedly set by a retired soldier, spread to plantations in Akparabong Community, Ikom LGA, destroying farms and nurseries.

One of the affected farmers, Richard Nsan, spent five years and millions of Naira establishing his cocoa farm, only to see it completely destroyed in the blaze. "I lost everything - my plantations, my nurseries, all gone in an instant," Nsan lamented.

The farmers are now seeking high-yielding seedlings, chemical boosters, and grants from the government and relevant authorities to rehabilitate and expand their farms. They hope that with the right support, they can revive their cocoa production and recover from this setback.

Why this matters: Cocoa is a major cash crop in Nigeria, with the country being the world's fourth-largest producer. The loss of plantations and nurseries due to the fire could have significant economic consequences for the affected farmers and the local community. Providing the necessary aid and resources to help these farmers recover is critical for maintaining the region's cocoa production and supporting the livelihoods of those who depend on it.

The Cross River State government has not yet released an official statement regarding the incident or any plans to assist the affected farmers. However, agricultural organizations and farmer advocacy groups are calling for swift action to help the cocoa farmers get back on their feet and prevent further losses to the state's cocoa industry.

Key Takeaways

  • Cocoa farmers in Nigeria's Cross River State seek aid after bushfire destroyed farms
  • Farmer Richard Nsan lost his 5-year-old cocoa plantation and nurseries in the blaze
  • Farmers request high-yield seedlings, chemical boosters, and grants to rehabilitate farms
  • Cocoa is a major cash crop in Nigeria, 4th largest producer globally
  • Cross River State government yet to respond, but advocacy groups call for swift action