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Place cocoa mass spraying exercise programme under MMDCEs

Nsaba, (CR), July 20,
GNA – Mr Dennis Armah-Frempong, Agona East District Chief Executive (DCE) has
appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture(MOFA) to place cocoa mass
spraying exercise programme under Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief
executives(MMDCEs)

This he said would
ensure effective monitoring and supervision.

He said this move will
assist government to achieve the target of one million tonnes cocoa production
annually and other measures to add value to the cocoa industry.

The DCE said the
situation where government allowed cocoa mass spraying fuel products, Chemicals
and other related materials to be mishandled by some Agricultural officials and
spraying gangs was unacceptable

Mr Armah-Frempong made
the appeal when he addressed some cocoa farmers in the Agona East of the
Central Region.

He said that under
former President John Agyekum Kufuor the programme was strictly placed under
the supervision and monitoring of the MMDCEs which allegedly halted diversion
of chemicals, fuel products and other materials.

The DCE stated that
government under President Nana Akufo-Addo was eager to hit one million tonnes
of cocoa per annum with resuscitation of cocoa mass spraying exercise to hit
the target.

He stated that some
gangs and farmers allegedly colluded to divert most of the chemicals and fuel
products supplied to some districts.

The DCE alleged that
some farmers who do not have cocoa farms claimed they owned farms and received
the chemicals and fuel products and materials.

Mr Armah-Frempong
stressed that government is poised to ensure cocoa production was increased to
attract more foreign support to boost the industry, adding that farmers’
motivation and other assistance are being pursued.

He stated that the
President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government would give the needed support to the
cocoa farmers hence the supply of fertilizers and other chemicals at the
subsidised prices.

The DCE hinted that
tasking MMDCEs would facilitate effective monitoring and supervision of the
programme which was initiated by former President J.A. Kufuor administration
aimed at increasing cocoa production.

He appealed to the
Ministry of Food and Agriculture to collaborate with Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)
to heed the call in order to boost the cocoa industry.

The farmers appealed
to the government to remove bottle necks in the programme to ensure an increase
in production.

GNA 

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