**The company last operated in 2001
**Potential to absorb hundreds of youths in Osun
**Now operates at 20,000 tones capacity-four times previous capacity of 5,000 tones of 2001
Taking the Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, round the company today, the Assistant General Manager of the partner company, Shanghai Golden Minkey Group, China, Ms Song Lin said the production capacity is now 20,000 tons per annum which was raised from the former 5,000 tons when they started with.
She revealed that the company is presently producing cocoa paste, adding that in no time, the organisation would commence the production of both cocoa powder and cake.
Ms Lin also affirmed that as soon as the company installs more facilities, the company would definitely jerk up its production capacity.
While acknowledging the management of the company for living up to the expectation, Governor Aregbesola expressed delight that a company that has been out of operation for the past fifteen years is now working perfectly.
He expressed satisfaction over the work so far. He said the state stands a chance of becoming a hub of cocoa production in the country.
He further said “From my projection, I want them to increase the strength of their production by consistently taking their production from liquid to power and cake”
“With this production, the name of our state will be on the map of the world as a centre of excellence in the processing of cocoa and other products.
“Though the maximum capacity of this plant when it was upgrade last in 2001 was 5, 000 tons but now it produces 20, 000 tons.
He expressed optimism that the revival of the cocoa company would support agricultural efforts and economic drive of government; as well as empower Osun cocoa farmers and merchants.
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