President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo speaking at the 70th anniversary celebration of the cocobod at the jubilee park in Kumasi has underlined the government’s unswerving determination to go the extra mile revamp the cocoa industry and raise production levels.
The event was held under the theme ”70 years on; mobilizing for a sustainable cocoa economy” coincided with the World Cocoa Day
As reported by peace FM online, the president said the government is working harder to push up the crop’s production by 50 per cent within the coming three years.
He added that, per-hectare yield was also going to be increased from the current 450 kilograms to 1,000 kilograms in the next 10 years.
The president assures farmers that the government have them at heart and will support their activities. He says they are eager to make sure that cocoa farming became more attractive and rewarding.
He used the occasion to underline the need for more local consumption of cocoa and said the benefits were enormous. For this reason he encouraged the youth to take advantage of the opportunities in the cocoa industry to make a living for themselves. He then again goes on to advice farmers to work harder and invest more for bigger returns.
The president also address the issue of the sharp decline in the world price of crops. Though it is an unfortunate situation much is going to be done about it to maintain current producer price paid to them. He added that measures were also being taken to provide adequate cushioning for the Ghanaian farmer from any adverse international price of the commodity.
He announced that the Ministries of Agriculture, Education, Ghana Education Service and Cocobod, would come out with a feeding programme under which school children would be served cocoa drink at school and given a chocolate each day.
He spoke of the contribution of cocoa to the national economy and said everything should be done to sustain the growth of the sector.
By Rebecca Essilfie