The “Bonsu-Nkwanta Cooperative Farmers Union” in the Juabeso District of the Western North Region have expressed gratitude to the government for increasing the producer price of Cocoa by 28 percent.
They also commended the COCOBOD for introducing a good number of policies such a hand pollination that is helping Cocoa Farmers in the area to increase yield.
Speaking at an identification of community challenges forum organized by the leadership of Concern Farmers Association of Ghana, Mr Adams Fuseini, chairman of the Bonsu-Nkwanta Corporative Farmers Union said the 28 percent increment of Cocoa price, showed the government was committed to improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers in the country.
He emphasized that Cocoa farmers in Ghana used the price of Ivory Coast as a benchmark but farmers in Ghana now received higher than their counterparts in Ivory Coast, a development that would discourage farmers from selling their beans in the neighbouring Ivory Coast.
He lauded the government’s flagship programme of Planting for Food and Jobs, saying cocoa farmers in the area were now into other farming activities that earned them extra income to support their families.
“We are now able to maintain our farms and no longer uses cutlasses due to the slashers provided by COCOBOD”.
Nana Osei Sarpong, chief of Bonsu-Nkwanta for his part said the 28 percent increment would motivate Cocoa farmers to give off their best, stressing that cocoa farmers would remain grateful to the government by voting massively for the President in the December polls.
He however appealed to the COCOBOD to ensure that agrochemicals were supplied to cocoa farmers on time.
Nana Sarpong lauded the Cocoa rehabilitation programme and suggested that compensation be paid on time to motivate others to patronize the programme.
Nana Oboadie Opambour Boateng, President of Bonsu Concern Farmers Association of Ghana also lauded the government for increasing the producer price of Cocoa to alleviate the plight of Cocoa farmers.
He gave the assurance that the Concern Farmers Association would continue to engage farmers to know their challenges to pass them on to the appropriate authorities for redress.