USAID Nigeria trains Nigerians, equips the country toward food sustainability measures

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Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna

The United States Agency for International Development USAID|NIGERIA has commenced training of major service providers in key cocoa producing states on vegetative propagation of cocoa to address the dearth of planting materials for cocoa and also enable increased yield of the cash crop.

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The week-long training which held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan entailed series of practical sessions and field trips, taught the participants how to carry out rehabilitation of old cocoa trees via vegetative grafting with young or new budwoods from high-yielding cocoa trees. This measure reinvigorates the old tree and increases its productivity yield for another number of decades.