President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has thrown a challenge to his predecessor, John Dramani Mahama, to identify a single coverage his erstwhile government released to boost the creation of cocoa in the country.
Addressing a durbar of Chiefs at Daboase, in the Wassa East district of the Western Location, on Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019, President Akufo-Addo famous that the authorities of President Kufuor moved cocoa manufacturing from some 350,000 metric tonnes at the finish of the yr 2000 to 750,000 tonnes at the stop of 2008, and experienced projected Ghana to hit the million metric tonnes by 2010, a feat which was realized beneath the late President Mills.
“President Mahama arrived to satisfy a creation amount of 1 million tonnes, and however, by the conclusion of his tenure, it had dropped to scarcely 700,000 tonnes. These days, under my Government, it has risen to 900,000 tonnes, and but you (Mahama) are heading all-around, providing pretend solidarity to the cocoa farmers, shedding crocodile tears in entrance of cocoa farmers, that you have completed something to enhance the lot of cocoa farmers. These are crocodile tears,” the President reported.
With the introduction of his government’s guidelines this kind of as the hand pollination, mass pruning of cocoa trees employing motorized pruners, early spraying of cocoa farms, motorized slashers to switch the use of machetes, and the piloting of irrigation techniques for cocoa farms to ensure all year-spherical output, President Akufo-Addo threw a problem to his predecessor.
“When Hon. J.B. Aidoo was speaking, he asked for a person policy of the previous NDC government that has boosted agricultural production and cocoa creation. I want to hear from them what they are likely to say to this problem. We are tough them to appear and explain to us what they have carried out that is boosting agricultural and cocoa output in Ghana. I can explain to you the remedy in advance – Zero! Zero! Zero!” the President pressured.
Touching on the roadways sector, President Akufo-Addo noted “whenever I vacation throughout the region, the initially issue the people of Ghana complain about is the point out of their roads, even nevertheless you (Mahama) claim to have preset people very same streets. If you (Mahama) actually preset the roads, why are Ghanaians constantly complaining to me with the state of their streets?”
In accordance to the President, the straightforward respond to to that queries is that “you (Mahama) did not talk the fact to Ghanaians. You did not do the function you said you had accomplished. We are the kinds who are doing the function, so give us space to do it, as an alternative of touting falsehoods.”
On his section, the Main Govt Officer of COCOBOD, observed that the administration of President Akufo-Addo used the to start with two several years in office clearing the arrears inherited from the Mahama govt. In truth, he additional that in the very last 10 times of 2016, i.e. from 20th December to 31st December 2016, when President Mahama understood he had dropped the 2016 election, the $400 million that was in the COCOBOD account was expended.
“We arrived into business, and used the 1st two decades to clear all the arrears inherited from the Mahama administration. The approach of constructing cocoa roadways is about to get started. Government has authorized the disbursement of GH¢3 billion to build 350 cocoa streets throughout the region. Secondary evacuation streets, i.e. trunk roadways, are also likely to be made,” he added.
Even while the previous President’s assert to fame in the cocoa sector was the introduction of totally free fertilizers, the COCOBOD CEO mentioned that the introduction of the policy led to a reduction of Ghana’s production potential from 1 million tonnes in 2010/2011 to 740,000 metric tonnes in 2016, below President Mahama.
Although Cote d’Ivoire, in 2010, was producing 1.1 million tonnes of cocoa, they elevated the production of cocoa to 1.8 million tonnes, even although fertilizer is not distributed to their farmers free of charge of charge.
“The absolutely free fertilizer policy hasn’t assisted Ghanaian farmers. Upon assuming office in 2017, we revisited the aged plan of backed fertilizers, mass cocoa spraying physical exercise, and launched the hand pollination system, and, in 2017/2018, we developed 968,000 tonnes of cocoa,” Hon. J.B. Aidoo extra.
Government, he additional, has also reintroduced the coverage scrapped by President Mahama in 2014 of supporting cocoa farmers who had cocoa farms infected by the swollen-shoot virus disorder.
“Government is absorbing the complete expense of rehabilitation of the farms – charge of chopping the trees, replanting and the foodstuffs becoming planted in the farms. COCOBOD maintains the farm for the first two many years – the vital phases of the farm. Moreover, for just about every just one hectare of cocoa farms contaminated with the swollen-shoot condition cleared, the farmer is compensated with GH¢1,000. If the farmer is a share-cropper, the land operator also gets GH¢1,000,” he included.
The COCOBOD CEO told cocoa farmers that, from 2020/2021 cocoa year, each and every tonne of cocoa beans from Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire that will be sold on the global sector will entice an further $400 as a residing revenue differential for farmers.
The $400 million living cash flow differential would be additional to the prevailing value of the crop, of which 70% would be paid out to the farmer at the farm gate.
“For occasion, currently, the price tag is $2,300. So, $400 will be added to make it $2,700, and 70% ($1,890 or GH¢10,017) of the complete will be compensated to the farmer. This is unprecedented in Ghana’s cocoa field,” he added