05.03.2008 Business & Finance

Chief Farmer commends government for increasing cocoa producer price

By Accra Mail
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Nana Kwame Amankwaaa-Tia, Ashanti Regional president of Ghana Cocoa, Coffee and Sheanut Farmers Association, has commended the government for increasing the producer price of a 64-kilogram bag of cocoa from GH¢59.30 to GH¢75.00, saying it shows the commitment to ensuring an improved farmers' welfare.

Nana Amankwaa-Tia made the commendation at the swearing-in of Mr Samuel Asare–Bediako as the new Ahafo-Ano North District Chief Farmer in Kumasi on Monday.

Mr Asare-Bediako, 56, succeeds Mr Moses Oppong Fordjour, who stepped down early this year as District Chief Farmer due to ill-health.

Nana Amankwaa-Tia expressed gratitude and appreciation to the government for embarking on the mass cocoa spraying exercise against black pod and swollen shoot diseases, as well as providing them with inputs such as fertilizers to improve their yield.

Nana Amakwaa-Tia appealed to farmers to heed the advice of Agricultural Extension Officers on modern methods of farming to increase yield.

He advised district chief farmers to educate the others on government policies and programmes to enable them respond positively to efforts to increase production.

Mr Asare-Bediako urged the government to rehabilitate the road network in the Ahafo-Ano North District to facilitate the movement of people and foodstuffs to marketing centres.

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