The Delta State Coconut Development Program (DESCODEP) has taken its coconut propagation campaign a step further with the planting of over 50 coconut stands in Government House premises Asaba.

The State Program Coordinator of DESCODEP and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Hon. (Chief) Aneke Ifemeni, who led the planting exercise, said it was a demonstration of the fact that coconut farming had come to stay in Delta. 

Ifemeni said DESCODEP had the mandate to establish coconut plantations, to give effect to the coconut development initiative of the state government, disclosing that four of the plantations were already being raised in different parts of the state.

He said planting coconut in Government House was significant to the propagation campaign because it would help to showcase Delta to local and foreign visitors as a coconut producing state and in no distant time make the state a reference point in coconut production.   

The Program Coordinator commended the State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, for his support for DESCODEP, which he said would help to take unemployed youths off the street when fully operational, given the economic and commercial values of coconut.

Also speaking, the Program Manager of DESCODEP, Mr Eugene Nwaedozie, described the State Governor, Senator (Dr ) Ifeanyi Okowa as a visionary leader who saw the futuristic importance of coconut in the state and expressed confidence that Delta would in a few years time be counted among the top coconut producing states in the country 

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