Cross River Cocoa Processing Factory located in Ikom is scheduled to begin a test run early next year following ninety-five percent work completions by the contracting firm A A Universal.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Pastor Godsgift Ugbe who visited the factory.
The processes are being put in place including the procurement and testing of the cocoa beans for test running to take place which will herald the subsequent commissioning of the factory.
The Permanent Secretary said the factory which is the biggest in the sub region will process ten tons of cocoa per hour and add value to the crop to make it meet international standard.
“Prior to this, cocoa which has been a cash crop has not attained the maximum value in this environment to both the framers and marketers participating in the cultivation and sale of the crop that is the reason the state government thought it wise to establish this factory which will go a long way in improving the value per each yield”.