By: Richard Dankwa
Mr. Agyeman Amanor, a cocoa farmer at Kibi in the Eastern Region has made an urgent appeal to the president to intervene to avert the intention of some cocoa farmers in the country to cut down cocoa trees and cultivate rubber instead.
Mr. Amanor who was speaking to Rite news following reports he had gathered from Asamankese where cocoa farmers have begun cutting down their cocoa tree to replace rubber plantation said, something must be done to avert the destruction of cocoa farms. ‘That decision will seriously affect cocoa production in the country,’ lamented an embittered Mr. Amanor.
He has therefore appealed to Cocobod as well as the government to act swiftly to save its members from going through any future trauma and frustration as a result of the intended actions.
Mr. Amanor noted that the reasons or decisions behind the farmers intended actions may be numerous. To him, it could be as a result of soil infertility or the traditional leaders releasing the lands to private companies who are into rubber plantations.