GO ALL OUT TO ACHIEVE 70, 000 METRIC TONNES TARGET - COCOBOD CEO TELLS KUAPA KOKOO
Published: 29 September 2017
Last Updated: 29 September 2017
29 Sep 2017
The Chief Executive Officer for Cocobod, Joseph Boahen Aidoo has encouraged farmers under the Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative Union to put their shoulders to the wheel so as to realize the set target of 70, 000 metric tonnes of cocoa beans in the upcoming crop season.
According to him, the target is achievable when the farmer union applies its strength to all the rudiments necessary to attain high crop yield.
Addressing the Farmer Union at its 23rd Annual Delegates Conference in Kumasi today, Deputy Director of Cocobod in charge of Quality Control, Dr Isaac Opoku who represented the CEO said with the acquisition of improved seedlings, better irrigation and the right way of applying fertilizer the 70,000 target set by Kuapa Kookoo was attainable.
The deputy CEO assured the farmer union of the company’s resolve to provide the needed support and incentives to ensure they realize every target they have set for themselves.
According to the Deputy CEO, Cocobod plans to construct small dams in cocoa growing areas so as to enable farmers have access to water all year round.
Special bore holes, the Dr Opoku disclosed will also be sunk to enable farmers in other remote areas to get water for irrigation.
High yielding seedlings will be provided to farmers to ensure they increase their crop yield by cultivating on large scale, the Deputy CEO noted.
He mentioned plans by Cocobod to intensify the mass cocoa spraying exercise, adding extension services will be enhanced so as to help farmers apply the fertilizer in the proper manner to induce high crop yield.
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Speaking to cm-online later, Fatima Ali, President Kuapa Kookoo Cocoa Farmers Cooperative Union mentioned plans by the Union to partner with the Department of Co-operatives to ensure they train, educate and build the capacities of cocoa farmers.
This, she said will ensure the effective deployment of strategies in growing and harvesting cocoa on a large scale every crop season.
On his part, the acting Executive Director for Kuapa Kookoo Union, Nelson Adubofuor said the Union has intensified efforts in eliminating child labor on cocoa fields and plantations.
The KKU, Mr Adubofuor maintained was committed to strengthening the Child Labor Unit through its five(5) year re-mediation plan so as to prevent farmers from using their children as a source of labor support on cocoa farms.
Story by Michael Ofosu-Afriyie, Kumasi