This forms part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan programme. The plan allows for Nestlé to support local farmers in various farming communities to abreast themselves with good agricultural practices among others. The plan also allows farmers to learn new ways of improving themselves in their line of trade.
Factory Manager for Nestlé Ghana Limited, Gbenga Oladunjoye last week explained to members of the Parliamentary Press Corps that since the establishment of Nestlé , it has been the dream of the company to engage local farmers in obtaining quality raw materials for production. He said about 3.7 million high yielding cocoa and coffee plantlets have been distributed to farmers in specific communities across the subregion to enable for good harvest.
To give women the opportunity to help in the agricultural sector, about 27% of farmers engaged in running Nestlé cocoa plan are women and they have been tasked with taking care of nursing cocoa and coffee seedlings.
It came to light during the briefing that Nestlé also relies on smallholder farmers across Central and West African Countries to supply them with agricultural raw materials needed for their production. According to Mr Oladunjoye, Nestle Ghana sources about 70% of its raw materials locally in Ghana.
The parliamentary press corps was at the Factory as part of its initiative to learn at first hand challenges of industry for the purposes of advocacy.
Theresa Adezewa Aryeetey/ Newsghana.com.gh