Thursday 25th August, 2016
Nankese (E/R), Aug. 25, GNA – Cocoa farmers
have been advised to carry along passbook to purchasing centres and insist that
purchases made are entered into to avert cheating and underpayment.
This would also enable them to keep accurate
records of production made at a given season and qualify them of COCOBOD
scholarship for their wards.
Mr Bismark Tetteh, an opinion leader of Ningo
Nankese in the Suhum Municipality, gave the advice at a meeting with farmers of
Armajaro Company Limited at Nankese at the weekend.
He said entries in their passbook would
determine whether or not the marketing clerks were paying the right producer
prices and bonuses.
Mr Tetteh appealed to the management of the
company to support them to procure tools such as cutlasses, spraying machines
and other farming implements to facilitate work on their farms.
Mr Samuel K. Amankwah, a former Technical
Officer of COCOBOD, appealed to farmers to start clearing their farms of weeds
and mistletoes to get them ready for the mass spraying exercise.
Mr Amankwah said the exercise had just begun
and warned that farms that were not cleared of weeds would not be sprayed.
He called on the farmers to complement the
spraying exercise by carrying out intermittent spraying with fungicide to rid
their farms of black pod diseases.