Inaugurating two of the Taskforces at separate ceremonies at Agona Swedru and Breman Asikuma, Dr Francis Baah, the Executive Director of Cocoa Health and Extension Division of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), said the Taskforce would also ensure that the free fertilisers, chemicals and others inputs from the COCOBOD reached farmers without any hindrance.

wpid-Cocoa-farmers-pix.jpgHe said the move by the COCOBOD was to increase cocoa production across the country.

A taskforce comprises representatives of the Ghana Police Service, Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), Cocoa Health and Extension Officers, Chief farmers, Representatives of District Chief Executives (DCEs) National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and cocoa farmers.

He cautioned the District Cocoa Taskforce Members not to introduce politics in their operations.

Dr Baah stated that any action geared towards introducing politics in the Taskforce could undermine and defeat the purposes for which it was established.

The 16-member Cocoa Taskforce for Agona Swedru District has representatives from the Agona East, Agona West, Awutu-Senya West and Gomoa East Districts.

The DCEs would have oversight responsibilities over the Taskforces.

Dr Baah said the taskforce was not meant for any political party but purposely to ensure that Ghana achieved the expected cocoa production.

The Executive Director called on cocoa farmers to allow their aged cocoa trees to be cut down and replanted them with new hybrid seedlings.

Dr Eugene Ofori Gyamfi, a Director of COCOBOD, said this year 60 million hybrid cocoa seedlings had been nursed for distributed to farmers free of charge, adding that 50 million seedlings were distributed to cocoa farmers last year.

Dr James Kutuate, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Operations of COCOBOD ,who inaugurated the Taskforces, expressed the hope that the members would ensure fair distribution of cocoa inputs to increase yields.

Source: GNA


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