The Chief of Ntrentreso, Nana Kwasi Asante II, has lauded the authorities for the introduction of the Cocoa rehabilitation programme but has described the implementation of the policy as bad.
He said although the programme was a laudable one that could help cocoa farmers revive their farms and also help the country to increase its production, “the implementation has been very bad.”
According to him, the youth, who had been engaged to work on the farms, were not being paid on time, which was serving as a disincentive to the programme.
Besides, “the compensation promised to the farmers has not been paid. While the government promised to pay GH¢1,000 for each hectare of cocoa farms destroyed, some have been paid just GH¢500,” Nana Kwasi Asante II told the media.
He was very particular about the delay in the payment for the youth recruited to work on the farms, saying it showed no respect for the people employed.
That, he explained, had also affected the implementation of the programme as the youth did not feel motivated enough to work on the farms, leading to many of them abandoning the farms.
He said the farm that was used as a demonstration farm for the exercise at Aboanidua “has been well maintained, painting the picture as if all the farms are doing well. Meanwhile, just a few metres away from that farm, there is another which has been left to its fate.”
He made this known when members of the Ghana Agricultural and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) visited his community to assess their readiness for the new cocoa season and the progress of the rehabilitation programme.