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COCOBOD To Spend $150 million On Cocoa Roads

 

SOURCE: Rite News

Ghana’s -Cocoa regulator, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) says it will spend

one hundred and fifty million dollars to construct and improve roads in cocoa

growing communities during the 2014/15 season.

This follows a government directive that the Board should take over the award

of contracts and payment for cocoa roads in order to make the carting of

cocoa beans easy.

Speaking in Accra, Deputy Chief Executive of COCOBOD in charge of Agronomy

and Quality Control, Francis Oppong, said this forms part of efforts to revamp

the cocoa industry.

COCOBOD has also initiated the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Replanting program

which is to assist farmers to replant old, destroyed and abandoned farms. He

said about 50 million seedlings are to be distributed to cocoa farmers during

the 2014/15 season, adding that, it represents a substantial increase over the

11 million improved cocoa seedlings distributed to farmers for planting in the

last cropping season.

In relation to this, Nana Kwadwo Agyemang, a cocoa farmer at Twifo Praso

in the Central Region in an interview with Rite FM News, said that they find it

very difficult to transport cocoa beans and other farm products to the market

centres, thus, leaving hundreds of bags of cocoa beans to go waste due to the

bad nature of their roads

He lamented that the situation has become unbearable for many farmers, in

and around the Twifo Praso community. He therefore appealed to government

as a matter of urgency to save the situation by providing the township with

good roads.

According to him, the Twifo Praso community is one of the leading producers

of cocoa in the country and the provision of good roads there would go a long

way of easing some of the difficulties farmers face.

“Comparing roads Twifo Praso to that of neighbouring towns, there is a vast

difference in terms of quality and it would serve a very meaningful purpose if

roads in the surrounding Twifo Praso undoing are rehabilitated in order to cart

more cocoa from the farms which would benefit the nation.

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