Nkawie (Ash), Nov. 26, GNA - Twelve cocoa farmers were on Thursday honoured by the Produce Buying Company (PBC) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) for their outstanding performance in the last cocoa season. Madam Janet Adomako and Opanin Yaw Mensah, all from Adiembra in the Atwima-Mponua District of Ashanti, were adjudged the best two cocoa farmers and received a solar lantern and two cutlasses each as their prizes.
The other 10 farmers, who received a pair of Wellington boots, half piece of cloth and a cutlass each, were Mr Godfred Dapaah from Mpatuom, Madam Akua Fokuo from Adiembra, Mr Kojo Gape from Jeninso and Mr Stephen Yeboah from Abompe.
The rest were Mr Daramani Kwaku Nyanyi from Adiembra, Nana Kwaku Mensah from Mpatuom, Madam Yaa Ode from Mpasatia and Madam Faustina Konadu Yeboah and Mr Kwabena Amankwaa, all from Amaadaa and Opanin Kwame Adomako was elected the best district treasurer. Mr Emmanuel King Obeng, Atwima District Manager of the PBC advised the farmers to ferment their cocoa properly to ensure good quality beans for which the country was noted.
He advised the farmers to patronize the Akuafo Cheque System to enable them access loans from the banks. Mr Obeng warned the produce clerks that anyone of them, who would be caught cheating, would be dismissed. He commended the farmers for their hard work and advised them against complacency and instead encouraged them to work harder than before to win more honours.
Madam Adomako, one of the two best farmers on behalf of her colleagues, expressed appreciation to the government and management of PBC for the honour done them and gave the assurance that they would produce quality cocoa beans.
She asked her colleague farmers to report any produce clerk, who would cheat them to the authorities.