THE Brong Ahafo Regional Branch of the Ghana Cocoa and Shea-nut Farmers’ Association (GCSFA) has commended the government for increasing the producer price of cocoa from GH¢150 per bag to GH¢200.
The Regional Chairman of the association, Nana Adjei-Damoah, made the commendation on behalf of the members at a news conference at Sunyani last Monday.
He, however, appealed to the government to put in place measures to tackle the post-harvest losses on perishable crops so that farmers in those sectors would also see an improvement in their lives.
Nana Adjei-Damoah said the news conference was to express the farmers’ joy and satisfaction to the government for the increment in the producer price of the commodity.
He stated that the gesture would go a long way to motivate farmers to increase their output and also help curb cocoa smuggling to neighbouring La Cote d’Iviore.
Nana Adjei-Damoah, who is also the Deputy National Chief Farmer, stated that apart from the increase in the price of cocoa, the government had also offered several incentive packages for farmers including the payment of bonus to cocoa farmers, scholarships for cocoa farmers’ wards, free mass spraying, rehabilitation of cocoa roads and free supply of solar torch lights to cocoa farmers.
He mentioned the others as farmers’ housing scheme, the proposed cocoa farmers’ pension scheme and free provision of solar streetlights for farmers in the remotest parts of the country.
Nana Adjei-Damoah stressed that the gesture was a demonstration that the government had the welfare of farmers at heart.