Deputy Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD in charge of Agronomy and Quality Control, Dr Emmanuel Agyepong Dwomo, has urged farmers and stakeholders in the Cocoa industry to support the Cocoa rehabilitation Programme to derive the needed results.
He made the call in an interview with the Media as part of his four-day tour of the Western North Region to ascertain the progress of the Cocoa rehabilitation Programme in Sefwi Essam.
The visit took him to Sefwi-Bekwai, Akontombra, Juaboso, Bodi, Adabokrom and Sefwi-Esssm.
He said the Western North Region used to produce almost half of the country’s total cocoa production but had reduced because of the cocoa swollen shoot disease in the area, hence the need to support the Cocoa rehabilitation Programme to help improve Cocoa production in the area.
Dr Dwomo expressed satisfaction in the Programme and commended the leadership of COCOBOD and workers under the rehabilitation Programme for the success of the Programme, saying the effort so far would increase the cocoa yield in the next two years.
He announced that COCOBOD had increased the contract works under the programme from three months to one year to ensure job security and motivate the farmers to work harder.
He said weeding gangs under the programme would also be increased with the provision of additional Personal Protective Equipment to make the work more attractive and urged the farmers to give their best.