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11-07-2017
AKONTOMBRA COCOA FARMERS HOLD RALLY

The Akontombra Cocoa District of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has held a rally for farmers with a call by the Regional Manager of Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED), Mr. Samuel Amponsah for farmers to embrace government’s new policy direction for the cocoa sector.

Mr. Amponsah, in an address at Kramokrom in Akontombra implored farmers to firmly accept the programme which seeks to rid the cocoa sector of unproductive cocoa trees to boost production. He hinted that farmers would be paid compensation for cutting down their moribund and diseased cocoa trees.

Apart from being supplied with free hybrid seedlings for replanting, plantain suckers and economic shade trees would be provided to farmers as part of the Forest Investment Programme (FIP). “You have to take advantage of the rehabilitation programme and put your cocoa farms in good shape” adding that Government and COCOBOD are yet to come out with the compensation package for farmers who will embrace the exercise.

Mr. Amponsah stressed that the soon to be rolled out hand pollination programme on pilot basis will select 133 farms per district and pollinate one acre each to enhance higher yields. The other programmes include pilot cocoa farm irrigation, CODAPEC/HITECH free mass spraying exercise, subsidized fertilizer programme and the curbing of child labour on cocoa farms in areas where it exists.

On his part the Western North Regional Chief Cocoa Farmer, Nana Nicholas Cobbina said, the cocoa farmers should do their work devoid of politics. He promised farmers that his outfit will liaise with COCOBOD to combat mistletoe attacks on cocoa farms.

The Akontombra District Chief Executive, Mr. Yawson Asamoah entreated farmers to work towards achieving the one million metric tonnes and beyond.

The farmers on the other hand shared their concerns on the formation of spraying gangs for the free mass cocoa spraying exercise, expansion of the hand pollination programme and construction of roads to connect cocoa producing areas.

The well attended programme brought together over 800 farmers