Cocoa farmers in the Wassa-Akropong and Dunkwa districts have recognized the role and efforts of Mr Joseph Boahene Aidoo, Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) for his farmer-friendly policies in the cocoa industry.
The farmers said the policies of Mr Boahene-Aidoo have led to various innovations thereby boosting cocoa production in the country.
Mr Kojo Tawiah, Chief Cocoa Farmer of Nsuaem No.2, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency as part of the CEO’s working visit to the Nsuaem No.2 and Dunkwa Western South Cocoa Region.
Mr Tawiah said the CEO has chalked remarkable feats in the cocoa sector and has an excellent relationship with cocoa farmers.
Earlier, some farmers were seen hoisting placards with the inscriptions such as: ‘Father of Pollination’, ‘Father of Floor Price’ and ‘Papa Cocoa’ among others.
The Chief Farmer said as an Nkosohene (Development Chief) of the town, Mr Boahene-Aidoo has introduced farmer friendly policies such as mass pruning, hand pollination, subsidized fertilizers, pilot irrigation projects, enhanced mass spraying programmes, mass recruitment of extension officers as well as floor price and living income differential policies aimed at improving the income of cocoa farmers.
Mr Tawiah told the GNA that such policies have increased yield and productivity thereby making cocoa farming an attractive business venture.
He also used the occasion to commend Mr Boahene-Aidoo for his regular visits and tours as well as engagements with cocoa farmers.
Mr Tawiah appealed to the CEO of Cocobod to ensure that all cocoa growing area roads in the districts were fixed to enable them cart their cocoa beans from the farm to the Produce Buying Center (PBC).
He said a very weak bridge linking the town and Nkumotin needed immediate repairs.