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CSOs form network to champion course of cocoa of farmers


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By
Dennis Peprah, GNA    

Sunyani, July 15, GNA
– A network of Civil Society Organisations aimed at advocating issues affecting
cocoa farmers in the country has been formed.

The Network of NGOs in
Cocoa (NETCO) would champion the course of cocoa farmers by intensifying
advocacy to remove bottlenecks that impeded the growth of the sector.

In an interview with
the Ghana

By
Dennis Peprah, GNA
    

Sunyani, July 15, GNA
– A network of Civil Society Organisations aimed at advocating issues affecting
cocoa farmers in the country has been formed.

The Network of NGOs in
Cocoa (NETCO) would champion the course of cocoa farmers by intensifying
advocacy to remove bottlenecks that impeded the growth of the sector.

In an interview with
the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu the Executive Secretary
of the NETCO, noted that CSOs had neglected the cocoa sector for a long time.

As a result, he said
successive governments had also not demonstrated true political will and
commitment to improve on the livelihood of cocoa farmers and expressed
discomfort about the recurring politicisation of policies and programmes which
would help improve on the cocoa sector.

Policies including;
government’s subsidized fertilizers, and hybrid seedlings as well as the
suspension of the cocoa roads projects initiated by the previous government, he
said were worrying.

“NETCO will undertake
vigorous campaign for the smooth and sustainable implementation of the Mass
Cocoa Spraying exercise which is currently suffering some serious setbacks and
has led to the decline in cocoa production in recent years.

“We are not a pressure
or political group but a group of CSOs which has the interest and welfare of
Cocoa farmers at heart and ready to champion their course”, he said.

The Network, according
to the Executive Secretary would soon embark on familiarisation visits to major
cocoa growing areas in the country to interact with farmers, identify and help
showcase their major challenges.

GNA


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