23.03.2004 Regional News

Farmers told to register with their dependants -Chief Farmer

23.03.2004 LISTEN

Akwaboah (C/R), March 23, GNA - Nana Kwaku Nyarko, National Vice-Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa, Coffee and Sheanut Farmers Association (GCCSFA), has advised his colleagues to take some time off their farm work to ensure that they and their dependants, who have attained the voting age, get their names on the new voters' register being compiled by the Electoral Commission (EC).

He told them that anything short of this would make them forfeit the right to participate in the election to choose people who could better represent their interest in government.

Nana Nyarko was addressing a forum held by farmers at Akwaboah near Dunkwa-On-Offin on Monday.

The forum was designed to provide a platform for the farmers to discuss ways of improving efficiency of the cocoa sector of the economy. Nana Nyarko told them that it was important for all to attach seriousness to the registration exercise and help to ensure its success. The National Vice-Chairman of the GCCSFA touched on the need for farmers to also take advantage of the attractive cocoa producer price paid by the government to maintain and expand their farms. They should also encourage the youth to take to farming by releasing farm lands to them.

Nana Nyarko praised the government for the mass spraying exercise, saying, it has led to substantial increase in crop yield and returns to the farmers.

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