COCOBOD CEO inspects cocoa farms, roads in Western North

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of COCOBOD, Mr Joseph Boahen  Aidoo, on his two-day tour to meet chiefs and people in the cocoa growing areas, inspected rehabilitation of cocoa farms at Kumikrom in the Sefwi Bekwai corridors of the Western North Region.

The visit formed part of assessing ongoing construction of cocoa roads including the Benchemaa -Adjoafua road, Debiso/Adabokrom road and that of Yamatwa junction/Yamatwa road.

Mr Aidoo accompanied by management team, also had the Deputy Chief Executive, Agronomy and Quality, Dr Emmanuel Agyemang Dwomo, and Regional Manager, Cocoa Health and Extension (CHED), Western North, Mr Kwame Owusu Ansah,  also inspected rehabilitation of farms at Nsaworakrom, Kofi Kesse and Yaw Kariba and engaged farmers at Pillar 34, ending with a durbar with chiefs and people of Elluokrom.

Mr Aidoo was expected to pay a courtesy call on the Omanhene of Sefwi Wiawso, Katakyie  Kwasi Bumaga II , inspect plantain plantation nursery site and interact with chiefs and people of  Dadieso, inspect rehabilitated farms at Tawiahkrom and Hello-Fine enclaves, ongoing Dadieso -Enchi road construction, Enchi -Elubo road and also hold a durbar with chiefs and farmers of  Jema.

 Sefwi Bekwai District Cocoa Officer , Mr Frank Amamo Antwi, mentioned that 74 farmers had benefitted from free cutting of the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease  (CSSVD), land preparation, free provision of plantain suckers, hybrid cocoa seedlings and economic trees. He added that the package included payment of compensation to farmers and land owners, maintenance of farms up to two years and free extension education.

So far, Mr Antwi said that 152,000 plantain suckers had been planted on the Kumikrom rehabilitated cocoa farm, adding that, a work gang of 91 had been dedicated and working hard to weed the farm.

“The solution was to cut affected cocoa trees. Unfortunately, farmers did not understand and kept weeding farms attacked by the cocoa disease. Clearly, if the virus from one affected tree attacked the root of another tree, so we began a tour to farms to educate farmers,” Mr Aidoo said.

George Gyapong, a cocoa farmer, applauded Mr Aidoo and the COCOBOD team for their hard work and commitment to implement the National Cocoa Rehabilitation Programme (NCRP) to eradicate cocoa swollen shoot disease and also boost production.

Source: Ghanaian Times

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