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The Cocoa Stakeholders Forum

The Cocoa Stakeholders Forum

The Calabar Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (CALCCIMA) as part of its ongoing 75th Anniversary celebration is collaborating with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Calabar Smart Office, Farming World & Rural Development Initiative (FAWARD) with the support of the Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN) is organizing a 2 day Cocoa Stakeholders forum towards building the capacity of farmers, sharing knowledge, connecting stakeholders and empowering producers for an economically viable cocoa sector and unlock export opportunities to cocoa farmers, merchants, communities and investors in Cross River State.
The event which is billed for the 6th -7th of December 2017 at the Jorany Hotel Conference Centre, Ikom has as its theme “Developing the Cross River State Cocoa Value Chain for Export”
The objectives of this stakeholder’s forum is to;
A. Encourage increased production of cocoa in the state through good agricultural practice adoption and extension services,
B. Expose stakeholders to value addition through best processing techniques for the export market,
C. Create awareness and alternative export markets for Cross River & Nigeria’s cocoa products for foreign exchange earnings.
D. Showcase cocoa and cocoa derivative products to the stakeholders and
E. Create a roadmap for the development of the cocoa sector in the State to attract private sector investments.
The forum is expected to attract key stakeholders from the cocoa producing communities in Cross River State including;
 Cocoa farmers & Cooperatives,
 Local Buying Agents,
 Cocoa Merchants & Exporters,
 Government & Policy Makers,
 the Academia,
 Business community and
 The Media.