Hotel Chocolat promises GHc100 premium to Kwahu cocoa farmers

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Chocolat Launch
Chocolat Launch

Over 350 young cocoa Farmers at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region and Juaso in the Ashanti Region are to enjoy GHS100.00 premium on their harvests.

Hotel Chocolat, the world’s largest producer of chocolates based in the United Kingdom (UK) in conjunction with Green Tropics International, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Ghana, is giving the support.

The project supported by Yonkopa Cocoa Buying Limited is part of the company’s efforts to help young cocoa farmers, especially small young ones to increase production.

Mr Adams Geileskey, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hotel Chocolat, disclosed this during the launch of a programme dubbed “Kookoo Daakye” at Nkawkaw in the Kwahu West Municipality.

He said the company started liaising with farmers in cocoa farming communities in Ghana for decades and would continue to get more farmers on board to ensure the success of their partnership.

To increase the yield of cocoa farmers, he said a million cocoa seedlings and farming inputs have been distributed to beneficiary cocoa farmers in their catchment areas.

He added that it was to encourage the farmers to produce a large scale to feed the company.

He said the organization also provides help such as offering scholarships to the wards of the beneficiaries and enrolling the farmers onto their health delivery scheme to improve their wellbeing.

Mr Geileskey, therefore, assured of the organization’s plan to sensitize and develop the capacities of farmers to enable them to practice modern ways of farming through the use of agrochemicals to improve yield.

Mr. Stephen Osei- Amakye, the National President of Green Tropics Ghana, (GTG), one of the founding members, said the NGO offers training in supervision, planning, and implementation of new farming practices with support from Hotel Chocolat to the young cocoa farmers to empower them.

He further encouraged Ghanaian Cocoa farmers to work hard to contribute immensely to the industry to help improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries.

Nana Effah Opinaman III, the Chief of Kwahu Obomeng, urged the youth to take advantage of the scheme to delve into cocoa production to enable them to create employment for themselves and their families.

He, therefore, used the opportunity to send a strong warning to cocoa farmers within his catchment areas to reclaim their farmlands.

He cautioned that if any cocoa farmer was caught selling their cocoa farmlands to illegal miners, the perpetrators would be dealt with according to the laws of the land.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Seth Kwame Acheampong, also urged Cocoa farmers to take a collective step to intensify preventive measures against bush fires during harmattan to enable them to maintain their farms.

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