From: James Sherifdeen, Penteng – Ashanti
Penteng Youth in Cocoa production, a community in the Afigya-Kwabre North district of the Ashanti Region was inaugurated on Tuesday with a call on Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOCBOD) to monitor the distribution of cocoa insecticides to farmers to yield more beans.
Nana Dwomoh Amofa, Kontihene of the community who made the call noted that, many at times those who suppose to give out to farmers divert and sell some to other farmers thereby making the supposed beneficiaries produce low cocoa beans.
According to him, another problem the farmers are facing are the cocoa roads in the area that are in deplorable state which are not good to write home about and therefore appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency do something about it.
Nana Dwomoh Amofah appealed to the District Assembly to help the community by converting the dilapidated cocoa shed into a CHIP compound for the benefit of the people in the community and its surrounding towns.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Hon. Kwasi Karikari Acheamfour who was happy about the farming activities in the district advised the youth to take up farming as their profession to make a living for their lives and their families.
He promised them to contact his office for cocoa seedlings when they are ready to plant their cocoa seedlings.
The District Extension Officer, MR. Ernest Sarkodie explained that the Association was inaugurated because Penteng is one of the communities that produces more cocoa each year.
He disclosed that, his office has made workshops, known as “Farmers Business School” in three different trainings and apart from that, they meet the farmers every week and teach them good farming practices.
He advised the youth in the country to take farming seriously since it is not good to be loitering about as his office is always there to help them to succeed.
The Chairman of the Association, Elder Daniel Kumoro, thanked the government for the early release of cocoa insecticides last year which made them to produce more cocoa beans.
Hon. Kwasi Karikari Acheamfour, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Afigya-Kwabre North district