THE government has through the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) presented 400 cartons of solar torches worth GH¢2,400 to the Ghana Cocoa Coffee and Sheanut Farmers’ Association for distribution to its members.
The solar lights are to assist them in their daily activities at night such as to prevent being bitten by snakes and other poisonous reptiles and insects on their farms.
The ceremony was held during the swearing-in of Nana Kwaku Amoako as the new Tano South District Chief Farmer in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The Deputy National Chief Farmer, Nana Adjei Damoah, who made the presentation on behalf of the government at a brief ceremony in Sunyani, said the government recognised the contribution of cocoa to the socio-economic development of the nation and would continue to assist farmers to increase production.
He thanked the government for the gesture and said the donation was an indication that the government had the welfare of farmers at heart.
Nana Damoah said apart from the solar torches the government had provided solar lighting system in many remote cocoa growing areas, scholarships for children of cocoa farmers, free mass spraying and the rehabilitation of cocoa roads.
He also spoke about the government’s intention to introduce a pension scheme for cocoa farmers.
Nana Damoah appealed to cocoa farmers who lived along the country’s borders to desist from smuggling cocoa to neighbouring La Cote d’Iviore.
He further appealed to members of the security agencies at the various border posts who connived with smugglers to send cocoa, fertilisers and other cocoa inputs to La Cote d’Iviore to desist from such unpatriotic acts.