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14.09.2005 Regional News

Kuapa Kokoo constructs day care centre at Sankore

By GNA

Sankore, (B/A), Sept.14, GNA - The Management of Kuapa Kokoo, a licensed cocoa buying company on Tuesday inaugurated a 450 million cedi day care centre at Sankore in the Asunafo South district of the Brong Ahafo region.

The three classroom block project with a sleeping bay for the kids, staff room, head teacher's office, place of convenience was financed by the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Trust, a subsidiary of the company which provides social amenities to people within its area of operations. The centre was named after Nana Osei Yaw Akoto, one of the founders of Kuapa Kokoo in the Sankore area in appreciation of his immense contribution to the formation of more farmers' societies and the growth of the company in the area.

Nana Kwadwo Appiah-Kubi Chairman of the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union, said greater percentage of the company's profit each year was channelled into the provision of social amenities such as boreholes, schools, KVIPs to benefit farmers within its areas of operation.

He commended farmers in the Sankore area for their immense contribution to the growth of the company, adding" the centre is in recognition of your efforts."

Nana Appiah-Kubi said the company had introduced fermentation boxes on experimental basis within its areas of operation to check the purple beans menace, which had affected operations of most licensed buying companies.

He said the Kuapa Kokoo Credit Union had disbursed about 25 billion cedis as loans within the last two years to its members to expand their farms and support the educational needs of their children and therefore, urged other farmers to join the credit union to benefit from the loan scheme.

Mr Lawrence Ackah Santanah, Chairman of the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Trust, said the day care centre was the fifth of such facilities provided by the trust in five regions where the company was operating in recognition of the farmers' contribution to the growth of the company.

He said Sankore, where the company started in the Brong Ahafo region, had the largest number of societies and was optimistic the farmers would take good care of the centre and other facilities, provided by the company for the benefit of the people. Mr Eric Opoku, Member of Parliament for the area, said education was the bedrock of every society and commended the company for the gesture.

He appealed to the farmers to take advantage of the facility and send their children to school to enable them acquire education that would sustain their future.

Nana Tabiri Gyansah, Krontihene of Sankore, thanked the company for the gesture and appealed for the extension of electricity and water to the centre.

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