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Mar 11, 2011

Cocoa Extension gets boost


Hon. Enoch T. Mensah, the Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, has launched a cocoa enhancement project through the use of mobile phones in order to improve the livelihood of some 100,000 cocoa farmers in the country over the next three years.

He explains that the initiative will use mobile technology to connect cocoa farmers with useful information concerning improving farming practices, farm safety, child labour, health, crop disease prevention, post-harvest production and crop marketing.

 Hon. E. T. Mensah disclosed during the launch of the project in Accra that the project, which is a collaboration between Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), a worldwide organisation devoted to cocoa sustainability and the Hershey Company, a global confectionery maker, is in line with COCOBOD’s objective of producing one million tonnes of cocoa annually by 2012.

 He said it will also ensure that cocoa farmers are able to share information and receive answers to specific question in relation to their farming livelihoods.

 Dr. Yaw Adu-Ampomah, the Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Agronomy and Quality Control at COCOBOD, on his part, said the programme offers a simple but innovative way of getting relevant information to cocoa farmers countrywide.

Source : ISD