SNV Ghana, a Dutch farmer support group, is assisting a cocoa farmers group, Kuapa Kooko, with GH¢621,321 to help address issues of child labour and also ensure best practices in the sector during the 2015 farming year.
Under the programme, which is being implemented by Cocoa Eco Ghana, an agricultural organisation, the beneficiary farmers will be assisted to map out their farms and also receive 74,000 hybrid cocoa seedlings to replace diseased trees and expand their farms.
Cocoa Eco is being sponsored by SNV Ghana.
The Project Manager of Cocoa Eco, Mr Charles Brefo-Nimo, made this known when he presented agro inputs valued at GH¢27,100 to support Kuapa Kokoo demonstration farms in Kumasi.
The inputs included fertilisers, insecticides, fungicides, personal protective equipment and motorised spraying machines.
Mr Brefo-Nimo explained that SNV had signed an agreement with two local firms to train 600 lead farmers engaged in best agricultural practices.
Under the contract, the capacities of various district executive council and committee members of Kuapa Kooko would also be enhanced, while business development centres (BDCs) will be operationalised.
He said the BDCs would be turned into one-stop farmers’ centres where farmers would have access to quality and effective agricultural inputs at affordable prices.
Mr Brefo-Nimo explained that the presentation was to enable the farmers to have timely access to requisite tools and inputs to enhance the sustainability of the demonstration farms.
The Executive Secretary of Kuapa Kooko, Mr Appau Abrampah-Mensah, commended SNV for the support and asked the beneficiaries to put the items to judicious use.