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22.02.2007 General News

Don’t Add “Blue” Washing Detergent To Spray Cocoa

By Daily Guide

THE DISTRICT Chief Executive of Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira (THLD), Mr Samuel Agyebi Kesi has expressed concern about some mass sprayers adding washing detergents such as “blue” to insecticides to spray cocoa farms in the district.

Mr Agyebi Kesi said Government, from 2001 to date, had spent over ¢14 billion on mass spraying in the district alone.

He thus advised the people in the district to report anyone found adding “blue” to insecticides for spraying cocoa, to be dealt with.

Mr Agyebi Kesi said these at the sod-cutting ceremony for the Cocoa Museum at Abrafo in the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira district of the Central Region, on Wednesday.

He said cocoa had contributed a lot to the development of the country, which was why Government was putting in more effort to reduce some of the diseases that affected it.

The DCE noted that since Central Region was the hub of tourism, the district was putting in place measures to develop the 19 tourist sites in the district to curb unemployment.

Mr Agyebi Kesi expressed concern about farmers refusing to pay back the loans they were given to expand their farms.

He consequently appealed to defaulters to repay the loans so as to save them from any court action.

The DCE disputed the allegation that about 30 school children who were dewormed in various schools in the district had died.

He said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government had the people of this country at heart so there was no way it could bring drugs that could kill school children who were the future leaders.

The National Coordinator for Mass Cocoa Spraying Exercise, Mr Kwame Oben Agyare said production of cocoa in the region had shot up from 350,000 tonnes to 740,000 tonnes due to mass spraying, and called on farmers to take advantage of the exercise.