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06.10.2003 Regional News

Adwumapa Buyers Company honours Farmers and Clerks

By GNA
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Asamankese (E/R), Oct. 5, GNA - More than 85 hard working farmers and Purchasing Clerks of Adwumapa Buyers Limited were on Friday presented with items worth 120 million cedis at Asuokaw in the West Akyem District. The items included 10 of 21-inch Sharp televisions sets, 2000 pairs of Wellengton boots, 8 bicycles, 2500 pieces of cutlasses, 3000 pieces of wax prints and spraying machines.

Mr. Umar Amoah, the District Chief Executive for West Akyem in a speech read on his behalf commended the company for complementing government's efforts by creating jobs for the youth and the support it gives to farmers in the area to improve on their lots. He warned purchasing clerks to desist from the practice of adjusting scales to cheat farmers, adding that it was when they refrained from all acts of fraud that they could win the confidence and trust of the farmers. The DCE called on the management of licensed Buying Companies to organize workshops and training programmes for their purchasing clerks to help them keep abreast with the new trends of their operations.

Mr. Martin Ohemeng, the Eastern Regional Manager in his welcoming address said the presentation formed part of the company's annual programme to honour loyal and outstanding farmers and purchasing clerks of the company. He said farmers should be honoured regularly to motivate them and also make them to acknowledge that the society treasured their efforts, adding that this would attract the youth into the sector and encourage them to give of their best. Mr. Ohemeng expressed satisfaction at the work of the District Manager of West Akyem District Mr. Joseph Asante and the purchasing clerks of the District, which exceeded its target and called on others to emulate its performance. Farmers and purchasing clerks honoured were drawn from Birim South, Kwaebibirem Suhum-Kraboa-Coaltar and West AkyemDistricts .

Mr. Frank Taylor the Operational Manager of the Company announced that the Company, would from next season create a credit scheme that would support farmers to procure chemicals and financial support to enable them to expand their farms. He said the scheme would require a farmer of the company to contribute a minimum of 5,000 cedis from every sale of beans made to his respective society. Mr. Taylor asked banks, especially rural banks not to delay payment to poor farmers, who would be made to stay in long queues before cashing their cheques. This situation, he said, would compel the farmers to request to revert to the cash system.

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