COCOBOD to help farmers rehabilitate farms
Mr. Anthony Fofie, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of COCOBOD, says the Board will from January 2012 embark on a massive rehabilitation of over aged cocoa trees to enable farmers in cocoa growing areas to increase their yield.
According to him, about 20 million cocoa seedlings will be provided to farmers to replace the old trees.
Mr. Fofie made the disclosures during interaction with selected media personnel in Accra on the operations of COCOBOD and stated that “we need to maintain our position as the leading quality producer of cocoa and then we can attain the position of leading producer if the commodity is quality.”
Mr. Fofie said “to sustain the programme, seed nurseries are to be established in cocoa growing areas to ensure that seedlings are available within communities for farmers to readily access to revamp the industry.”
He expressed the hope that measures to transform the cocoa industry will enable the country to increase its current attainment of 1,000 metrictonnes.