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Government asked to prevent destruction of cocoa farmlands

By
Kodjo Adams, GNA

West Akim (E/R), July
24, GNA- Mr Ohene Boafo, President of West Akim Co-operative Cocoa Farmers and
Marketing Union, has called on government to pass a law that prevents the
destruction of cocoa farms in the country.

He expressed worry
about the excessive destruction of cocoa farms for rubber plantation and
illegal activities, which affected the environment and the livelihood of the
communities.

Speaking to the Ghana
News Agency at a media outreach programme in Atta ne Atta (Asamankese) in the
Eastern Region, on the sustainability of cocoa sector in the country, Mr Boafo
said legislation against the destruction of cocoa farms would help secure the
lands to increase cocoa production.

The programme was
organised by Mondelez International Cocoa Life.

He expressed concern
at the way and manner some chiefs and landowners forced cocoa farmers to sell
out their cocoa farmlands for illegal mining and rubber plantation.

Mr Boafo said these
practices were unacceptable because they were serious threat to cocoa production
in the country as well as affected the water bodies and farmlands.

He commended Mondelez
International cocoa life for empowering cocoa farmers to adopt good
agricultural practices in the country.

He said he used to
harvest two bags of cocoa per hectors but with education received from cocoa
life, he was able to harvest four bags of cocoa.

Mr Boafo said under
the cocoa life project, cocoa farmers were presented with hybrid cocoa
seedlings, spraying machines, bicycles to improve upon their operations with the
aim to increase production.  

Mr Boafo commended
government for instituting a taskforce against illegal mining, saying the
initiative would help curb the phenomenon which had affected the production of
cocoa.

He urged government to
work with key stakeholders in the cocoa sector and non-governmental
organisations including international donor communities to minimise the
destruction of cocoa farms by activities of illegal miners.

He urged Ghanaians to
stop the habit of destroying cocoa farmlands for gold mining activities.

Mrs Vida Martey
Meiley, President of Peace and Unity Pastries has commended Mondelez
International cocoa life for empowering the women in Nankese Ningo in the
Eastern region in entrepreneurial skills.

She said under the
project, women in the community were taught in financial literacy, trained in
bakery and pastry services to be self-employed to complement efforts in
household’s duty.

GNA

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