Cocobod distributes 110 million cocoa seedlings in two years


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Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni'

Cocobod has within the last two years distributed a total of 110 million hybrid cocoa seedlings to farmers across the nation as part of scale up effort to boost production levels

By Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, Sept 16,
GNA – Cocobod has within the last two years distributed a total of 110 million
hybrid cocoa seedlings to farmers across the nation as part of scale up effort
to boost production levels.

Dr. Stephen Kwabena
Opuni, the Chief Executive, said four million permanent shade tree seedlings
were also supplied during the period.

This was contained
in an address read for him at the 22nd annual delegates’ conference of the
Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative Cocoa Farmers and Marketing Union Limited in Kumasi.

The meeting was
held under the theme “The importance of the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) on smallholder cocoa farmers in Ghana – the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union
story”.

It provided the
platform to undertake a critical performance review, identify the challenges
and discuss the way forward to promote growth.

Dr. Opuni
underlined the determination of the Cocobod to support the rehabilitation and
replanting of destroyed cocoa farms.

It was in line with
this that it had increased the number of nurseries in the cocoa belt to 332, he
added.

Ghana’s cocoa
output has averaged 850, 000 tonnes per annum in recent years, and he said the
target was to hit 1.5 million tonnes in the next couple of years.

He said achieving
this would be dependent on a number of factors – effective pests and disease
control, attractive producer price, environmental and proper soil fertility
management.

Madam Fatima Ali,
President of the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union, said it had now established 57
operational districts to enhance its operations – maximize purchases, minimize
losses and efficiently manage potential risks.  

GNA 


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