Ahafo-Ano cocoa farmers receive bonuses

Thirty-two thousand, two hundred and three (3,223) cocoa farmers in

the Ahafo- Ano North and South Districts have been rewarded with bonus

payments totaling GH ¢322,560.00. The quality of cocoa beans sold to

Noble Resources, through Federated Commodities, a licensed buying

company, earned the farmers the premium. They sold 3,337.4 metric

tonnes representing 53,398 bags of beans, which met the certification

by the international body, UTZ, last year. The farmers, who have come

together under the Ahafo-Ano North and South Cocoa Farmers

Association, are beneficiaries of a rigorous training in good

agricultural practices, sponsored by UTZ, to improve crop yield and

returns. Mr Edmund Quaye, Country Representative of Noble Resources,

announced the bonus payment at the annual general meeting of the

farmers at Mankranso in the Ahafo-Ano South District. He commended

them for the hard work and sticking to best practices to sustain the

quality of Ghana's cocoa. Mr Isaac Gyamfi, Managing Director of

Solidaridad (West Africa), a Dutch International Development

Organisation involved in the promotion of sustainable agriculture,

said the body had under the UTZ certification code of conduct, trained

more than 5,000 farmers. The beneficiaries are in 155 communities

selected from Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions. Mr David Annan, Human

Resources Manager, Cocoa Swollen Shoot and Virus Control Unit, Cocoa

Board, said cocoa certification had come to stay and urged the farmers

to uphold best production practices. They should not only maintain the

quality of the cocoa beans but to also adopt a more business-like

approach to farming.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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