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29.06.2004 Regional News

Resist attempts at creating confusion in GCCSFA - Nana Nyarko

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Kumasi, June 29, GNA - Nana Kwaku Nyarko, National Vice-Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa, Coffee and Sheanut Farmers Association (GCCSFA), has asked members to be more alert and resist any attempts to create confusion and dismember the association.

"Let us recognise that it is in our own interest to maintain a united and an impregnable front".

Nana Nyarko, who made the call through the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi on Tuesday, described as "unfortunate and regrettable" threats by some cocoa farmers to break away unless national elections were held. He said the issue of elections to pick new national officers was exhaustively dealt with at the association's conference held at Bunso in the Eastern region recently.

"One would therefore expect that we all respect and abide by decisions collectively taken at the conference and stop sending wrong signals of internal wrangling", he added.

Nana Nyarko added: "Since transparency and accountability are crucial to the progress of any human organisation, it is only reasonable that each and everyone of us should be equally anxious that this happen in our association and this has been our focus".

He asked for calm, urging the farmers to continue to have confidence and trust in the leadership.

Nana Nyarko also appealed to them to support the government's efforts at helping to increase cocoa production in the country. He noted that the various interventions that had been introduced in the cocoa industry had started paying off with significant improvement to the lives of farmers.