LAGOS – Eti-Oni Development Group is set to hold the 8th edition of its annual cocoa festival.
The festival, according to the organisers, is to create a renaissance in the cocoa industry in a manner that will first appreciate the farmers, return dignity and self-worth to the farmers so that the coming generation can embrace cocoa farming with pride.
The theme of this year’s festival is; ‘Royal Origin and Traditions of Cocoa – Redefining Africa’s Cocoa Industry’
HRM Queen Angelique-Monet Gureje-Thompson, Yeyeluwa Olori of Eti- Oni, President of the Group while addressing newsmen virtually on the line up of activities to mark the festival said the Cocoa Festival is an initiative of the Eti- Oni Development Group in its efforts in the promotion of the revitalization of the cocoa industry.
The Programme, according to her is a week-long annual celebration of peace, love and development in Eti-Oni, Osun State.
Speaking further, she said the celebration of the cultural heritage of Eti- Oni now in its 8th edition is also celebrating 125 years of continued production of cocoa in Eti-Oni.
Gureje-Thompson further noted that this year’s festival is geared to take a new dimension as the newly founded Royal Cocoa International Film Festivals, the first of its kind will be launched.
According to her, the Programme will begin on Sunday 21st November with the Cocoa Harvest Service at All Saints Anglican Church, Eti-Oni followed by the Cocoa Pod Breaking Ceremony to declare the festival open for a beautiful, healthy, peaceful and bountiful 2021/22 Season.
On Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd November, there will be farmers’ training by the Farmers Business School and the Farmers Field School.
She stated that the business school is for the farmers to begin to see themselves as entrepreneurs and understand the basics of owning and managing a business profitably while the field school is to help them improve on their traditional farming practices to have better quality and increased production output.