Some cocoa farmers have expressed appreciation to the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government for increasing the price of cocoa bag from GH¢425.00 to GH¢475.00.
The Deputy Finance Minister Cassiel Ato Forson announced the 2016/2017 cocoa price at the Cocoa Day celebration at Tepa in the Ahafo Ano North district of the Ashanti region.
Government believes the price increment would help minimise smuggling of cocoa beans to neighbouring countries especially Ivory Coast.
A section of cocoa farmers are not enthused with the new price, arguing that the government could have done better.
But speaking on Abusua FM’s Abusua Nkommo hosted by Kwame Adinkrah, the Deputy Chief Farmer of Cocoa and Shea nut Nana Agyei Damoah explained that an entourage of cocoa farmers are set to visit the President John Dramani Mahama to show their appreciation.
According to him, leaders of the cocoa farmers will soon be selected across the country to visit the President at the Flagstaff House.
‘If you don’t have information about World cocoa price, you might think increment by government is nothing to write home about, if you check the world cocoa price which is pegged between $3,200 to $2,900, you would appreciate what government is offering us.
We the leaders of cocoa farmers took days to negotiate this new price with government, if you calculate the money invested in scholarships, free fertiliser application, cocoa roads in Ghana among others things, we farmers have to be happy about the new price increment, and so we are very happy, we will even pay a courtesy call on the President to express our profound appreciation to him, we will select leaders of cocoa farmers from all the regions,’ he hinted.
Juxtaposing the cocoa price of Ghana to Ivory Coast, he remarked that the former’s new price by government is way better that of Ivory Coast.
‘We cocoa farmers in Dormaa and those across the country, are aware that the new price is way better than that of Ivory Coast which is the leading cocoa producer.
No Ivorian cocoa farmer gets free fertiliser or even one bottle of DTT from his/her government as compared to us down here in Ghana, we accept the new price with all gladness,’ he indicated.
He remarked that most cocoa farming roads are now accessible unlike the previous years.
‘We believe government is working hard to improve the livelihoods of farmers and we thank him for that, we are happy about the on going cocoa roads construction, and rural electrification,’ he remarked.
Nana Damoah urged all cocoa farmers to come out in their numbers to show appreciation to the President.