With over 50,000 tons per annum cocoa processing factory in Cross River State. The modern equipped facilities, is set to process cocoa beans from the state and neighbouring West African countries such as Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea for export.
The factory established by Senator Ben Ayade administration in Ikom, in central district of the state, which is scheduled to be commissioned at the end of the year, will process cocoa into liquor and chocolate bars for export to Europe and China.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Professor Anthony Eneji, with Managing Director of AA Universal, Mr Chris Agara, the firm constructing the factory while on a periodic inspection of facilities at the factory,weekend, said it was equipped to process 240 tons of cocoa daily, which meets international standard.
He said: “A lot of work has been done here and all the key structures and facilities have been put in place making it ready for test running at the end of December.”
Managing Director of AA Universal, Mr Agara,said work was progressing both day and night to meet the December commissioning timeline and that Nigerians are being trained by the German expatriates installing the equipment on how to carry out maintenance of the equipment to keep it in top form to meet the tonnage production capacity.