05 July 2017

COCOBOD suspends ‘cocoa roads’ projects

COCOBOD has suspended the much criticized construction of cocoa roads after an interim audit revealed a lot of discrepancies in the project.

According to COCOBOD CEO, Joseph Boahen Aidoo over 230 different road contracts were awarded under the erstwhile NDC administration to the tune of over GHȻ3.5 billion, which was more than the financial capacity of COCOBOD.

Mr Boahen Aidoo who made the disclosure when both the Board of COCOBOD and management paid a courtesy call on the Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin at his Ofori Panin Fie palace, explained that an initional audit unearthed a shocking revealed cost components of most of the contracts

We are just suspending the project to make way for a comprehensive audit which will give us a clearer picture because we need to protect the public purse especially money coming from the sweat of modest cocoa farmers,” he stressed.

The CEO added that as part of measures to significantly raise the nation’s cocoa production level to the targeted 1million tonnes, COCOBOD had introduced hand pollination.

Through artificial pollination, per hectare yield of the crop could hit two tonnes from the current average of 400 kilograms the farmers are getting.

Mr Boahen Aidoo however said for a start 7,000 farmers would be trained.

He’s confident that the pollination, combined with fertilizer application and the cocoa farms irrigation project will restore cocoa production.

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