COCOA FARMERS’ ASK GOV’T TO ADDRESS THIER CHALLENGES.
The Akyem Afosu Operational Area Cocoa Farmers’ Association has called on the government as a matter of urgency to swiftly address the challenges confronting the cocoa farmers’ in the district.
According to them, the government should to endeavor to improve their road networks in the district.
Citing the road linking New Abirem to Nkawkaw, Kade to Asuom, New Abirem to Kade in order to facilitate the smooth conveyance of the cocoa to its depot.
The Chairman of the Association, Mr. Larbi Martin, addressing Journalists at a press conference, appealed to the Government ensure that Spraying Gangs receive a free medical check –ups in order to avoid any future health complications. The press conference was themed:” Ghana @ 60, The Voice of Farmer”
According to him, government should reduce prices on the equipment as well in order to enable the farmers have access to them.
More so, Spraying Gangs allowance which is GH¢70.00 per month should be increased to motivate the youth to defray from illegal mining.
Motor bikes should be given to the Extension Officers to enable them visit their farms periodically at ease.
“This press conference shouldn’t be affiliated to politics; but it purely aimed at championing the cause of the cocoa farmers in their district”, he stated.
Mr. Martin Larbi, also expressed worry over the late delivery of the agro-chemicals to the farmers.
According to him, at least from February to March the necessary the chemicals should be available in order to prevent the cocoa from diseases and pests.
Adding that, the government should also increase their bonuses and also make it attractive. Since their current bonus is not encouraging as the standard of living has become unbearable.
“Products like chocolate, Milo, Cocoa powder and things they use cocoa for, can be replaced with the bonus rather”, he requested.
The Chairman also reiterated the need for adding cocoa farming particularly to the Ghana Education syllabus to enable students’ attain better understanding of the cocoa farming in the country. This he said, he would also motivate them to enter into the cocoa farming business.
According to him, the association is divided into two, the Kade branch called the (kadkof) Kade Cocoa Farmers Association with 158 farmers group with 4,794 members and the Abirem branch.
The Acting Chief of Akyem Afosu Nana Kofi Owusu who graced the press conference commended the government for clamping –down on of galamsey, in the country.
“Because these people who normally engage in this illegal mining do grease the palms of cocoa farmers with any little amount of money; and then use their lands for galamsey, “
He also pleaded with the government to re- introduce the Pension and Housing Scheme to support the farmers since farming is a tedious venture.
BY: ANGELA AABAWBIO/GHANAMEDIAWORLD.
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