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20.04.2007 General News

Produce wholesome cocoa beans - COCOBOD

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The Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma District Officer of the Quality Control Division of the COCOBOD, Mr Noah Kwasi Ababio Prah, has urged farmers to produce good quality cocoa beans to increase demand on the market.

He explained that inability of farmers to comply with such directives could affect the demand of the commodity at the world market.

Mr Prah made the call at a farmers' forum organized by the Ghana Cocoa, Coffee and Sheanut Farmers Association at Kuntanase on Wednesday.

He urged farmers to properly foment and dry their cocoa beans before they sell them to the produce buying companies.

Mr Prah also advised them to use the recommended insecticides and chemicals on their farms for a higher yield.

Mr Edward Gbamara Dery, the District Director of Agriculture, called on the farmers to ensure that insecticides and logistics supplied to spraying gangs for cocoa spraying were not diverted for other purposes.

He advised farmers to heed the directives on modern farming methods by agricultural extension officers to improve yield.

The District Chief Executive for Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma, Mr Bright Addai-Mununkum, said he was not happy about the failure of some farmers to repay loans granted by government and urged them to repay the loans so that others could benefit from the package.

Nana Matthew Adarkwah, the District Chief Farmer, appealed to government to provide farmers with the necessary inputs to increase productivity.

Source: GNA

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