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COCOBOD asked to roll out prudent policies

Brakwa Afofosu (C/R),
July 21, GNA – Nana Tutu Abban III, the Vice Central Regional Chief Farmer, has
challenged COCOBOD to step up efforts at checking price volatility of the
country’s major cash crop. 

According to Nana
Abban III in less than a year, cocoa price has fallen by close to 40 per cent
and called for drastic policies to be implemented to arrest the situation.

Nana Tutu Abban III
who made these remarks at a farmer’s rally held at Brakwa Afofosu in the
Central Region, urged the board to ensure that the subsidised fertilisers were
available for farmers to access while imploring government to ensure massive
improvement in the mass spraying and cocoa rehabilitation programmes.

Mr. David Asare Oduro,
a Public Affairs Officer, COCOBOD, educated farmers on the nutritional and
health benefits of consuming cocoa and urged farmers to cultivate the habit for
good health.

According to Mr Asare
Oduro, government and COCOBOD have resolved to ensure that 50 per cent of cocoa
produced in the country was processed into finished products to boost cocoa
consumption in the country.

Mr Asare Oduro hinted
that the move by government would prevent glut on the world market and reduce
the risk of price volatility.

Addressing the
farmers, Mr Isaac Adu, the Asamankese District Cocoa Officer, disclosed that
COCOBOD had rolled out and strengthened several productivity enhancing
programmes to ensure that the country attained and sustained over 1 million
tonnes of cocoa annually.

He cited the national
hand pollination, irrigation, mass spraying, cocoa rehabilitation, subsidized
fertilizers and youth in cocoa as some flagship programmes being undertaken by
the Board currently.

Mr Adu encouraged
farmer associations to seize the opportunity in the subsidised fertiliser
programme to open cocoa input shops in cocoa growing areas.

The rally was climaxed
with a demonstration on how to multiply plantain suckers for planting.

GNA

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