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Amansie West District Tops Record…Prunes Largest Acreages Of Cocoa Farms In Ghana

By Enock Akonnor, Editor-In-Chief

enockakonnor2013@gmail.com

The Amansie West District has benefitted immensely from interventions introduced by government to improve the lives of Cocoa farmers in Ghana.

Presently, it has scored a track record as the district that has pruned the largest number of acreages of Cocoa farms in the entire country covering an area of 30,340 Ha.

Farmers in the area have also shown great satisfaction in the Cocoa Disease and Pest Control Programme (CODAPEC) and HITECH programmes.

The foregoing owes to the constitution of community task forces which oversee all spraying activities in the communities.

The above has gone far in reducing absenteeism of spraying gangs.

“Under the intervention, Transfarm Akate and Akate Forces have been received and distributed to 80 spraying gangs for spraying activities to cover 28,644 Ha.” DCE for the area Hon. Nii Larteh Ollenu indicated during the occasion of the 38th National Farmers Day Celebration at Nyadeyeya on Friday 2nd December 2022.

He mentioned in his address that government through COCOBOD has assisted Farmers whose cocoa trees were affected by the CSSVD disease to cut down their cocoa trees and afterwards replanted for them.

These were farmers in 5 communities in the district namely; Manso Nkwanta, Nkaasu, Atwere, Essuowin and Pakyi Abonfunso.

“Government hired the service of labor to weed and replant the entire farm for the farmers amidst planting of plantain suckers for these farmers”.

For the years 2021 and 2022, the district nursed 1,500,000 cocoa seedlings and supplied them to 17,675 farmers.

In addition, the district will nurse 1,000,000 free cocoa hybrid seedlings for the 2022/2023 cropping season for distribution to all cocoa farmers who want to enter into new cocoa farming.

EVENT

At the event Mr. Samuel Asamoah of Pakyi No. 1 was awarded as the district best farmer.

The award was given in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards the development of Agriculture in Ghana.

He took home a brand new three wheeled motorbike (aboboyaa), fridge, spraying machine among others.

Over 200 farmers were also awarded at the event.

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