Amanase (E/R), Sept.
30, GNA – Enthusiastic farmers at Amanase, Asuboi and Kyekyewere have appealed
to chiefs to release lands for cocoa production.
The youthful farmers said they have been attracted by the incentive packages put in place by the government, but the absence of land has become a hindrance to their efforts.
Mr Prince Michael Goha, the spokesperson for the youth, made the appeal at a farmers’ rally at Amanase in the Asyensuano District in the Eastern Region.
He said the provision of lands for cocoa production would be beneficial for them than utilizing their lands for illegal mining.
Mr Goha, also an assembly member for Amanase North, called on the government to subsidise the cost of spraying machines to enable cocoa farmers to procure them to reduce the over dependence on the government for its mass spraying exercise.
Mr Michael Gyasi, the Suhum District Officer of the Cocoa Health and Extension Division, called on farmers to consider record-keeping as a tool as this would streamline their financial activities.
He said this would enable them to do critical analysis and adhere to best agricultural practices to help improve on their activities to maximize yields.
Mr Gyasi urged farmers to adopt the recent techniques learned from the extension officers in order to minimise the effects of climate change on their farms.
He called on farmers not to patronize inputs that are not certified by the Cocoa Research Institute as this could lead to disaster.
Mr Gyasi, who earlier visited some cocoa farms in the district, expressed satisfaction with what he had seen and commended the farmers for adhering to some of the best agricultural practices.
Mr Brobby Homawoo, the Suhum District Coordinator of Cocoa Health Extension Division, urged farmers to start transplanting the seedlings and apply fertilizers to their farms, now that the rains have set in.
He said applying fertilizers during the dry season would amount to misapplication of the inputs and was waste of energy and resources.