Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Prestea Huni-Valley Municipal Assembly in the Western Region, Mr Mozart K. Owuh, has appealed to the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) that time was due for the municipality to have its own cocoa district.
Mr Owuh made the appeal while delivering a speech at the second “Regional Cocoa Yield Improvement Education programme” organised by Ghana Cocoa Board in the Western Region.
He was unhappy about situations where cocoa farmers in Prestea Huni-Valley had to travel to the Tarkwa Office of the cocoa board, sometimes in very frustrating situations to obtain fertilisers and other facilities from the cocoa board.
He said, Prestea Huni-Valley, the second most populated municipality in the Western Region, deserved its own cocoa district.
“I have discussed with my MP, Hon Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, and together, we are appealing to the cocoa board to get Prestea Huni-Valley Cocoa District,” he stated.
“We grow lots of cocoa here, but, you hear, cocoa roads, and the likes in the cities, meanwhile, in Dwurigum, Enyinam, Botebone, Wassa Nkran, Banaho, No.1 and others, our roads are unmotorable! Ghana Cocoa Board should revise the Cocoa Roads Project to affect the REAL Cocoa Farmer, not the cities,” he urged.
He promised that, from henceforth, if any fertiliser, or seedlings, he will help transport it to Prestea Huni-Valley from Tarkwa, so that, farmers are saved from travels.
Hon Mozart K. Owuh also stated further that, “some farmers are now cutting their cocoa to plant rubber or oil palm, but, I believe, there should not be a competition between the two crops. More education will help farmers understand that, some soils support rubber; others support rubber or oil palm. So there should not be a competition at all.”
He disclosed: “1D1F, Oil Palm Factory will be established at Prestea,” thus all plantation crops were significant.
Consequently the MCE issued a stern warning to cocoa farmers who sell their farms to galamseyers to mine gold.
“My wife has a cocoa farm at Enyinam, “since last year, galamsey people have been approaching her that they want to buy the land to mine in near future, but that is bad, and I have directed the District Taskforce, that “if they see any cocoa farmer who has sold his cocoa farm to gold miners, they should arrest both the farmer and the miner. Both are guilty!”
Western South Regional Manager in charge of Cocoa Health and Extensive Division of Ghana Cocoa Board, Mr Francis Antwi-Adjei, stated that “12.3 million seedlings have been nursed and given freely to farmers to ensure cocoa production takes shape again.”
Story Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU