Some Cocoa farmers are livid on what they have termed ‘no money syndrome’ at the purchasing centers.
Nana Boakye, a Chief farmer for the Prestea Huni Valley District in the Western Region, revealed this on behalf of over three hundred (300) farmers who were at Akyekyere Cocoa research center, for a capacity building workshop.
Speaking to Skyy Power FM, Nana Boakye said after carrying their cocoa to the sheds expecting to be paid, the purchasing clerks tell them that there are no funds to pay them.
“When you take your cocoa to the sheds, the clerk will tell you that government has not made funds available to the Marketing Companies to pay the farmers,” the Nana Boakye said.
Nana Boakye said some Cocoa farmers have threatened to cut off their Cocoa trees for rubber plantation due to the current development, adding that Cocoa farmers have a lot of responsibilities and government must play it’s role.
Some farmers also expressed their frustrations of
the high prices of fertilizer, and they appealed to the government to reduce the prices for them.
According to Nana Boakye, the farmers were brought to the workshop to learn new methods of Cocoa farming for higher yield.
The farmers, mainly from the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality, Nzima East and Prestea Huni Valley Districts, expressed satisfaction for the training.
By: Samuel Kojo Brace/Skyy Power FM