PRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama has appealed to cocoa farmers to take advantage of the Cocoa Rehabilitation Project and replace all their old cocoa plants with hybrid ones.
He said whereas the old cocoa trees did not produce beans early, the new hybrid seedlings being distributed under the Cocoa Rehabilitation Project could mature within two years after they had been planted.
He has, therefore, asked cocoa farmers to register with the Cocoa Rehabilitation Project to enable them to benefit from the project.
President Mahama made the appeal at a durbar marking the Akwanbo festival of the chiefs and people of the Agona Traditional Area at Nyakrom in the Central Region.
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It was a delight to watch the chiefs, immaculately dressed in their rich clothes and ornaments, sitting in state with their subjects at the durbar ground.
President Mahama announced that the government would distribute test stones to cocoa farmers by the end of October, this year,.
Test stones are meant to regulate the weighing of cocoa and protect cocoa farmers against cheating by unscrupulous cocoa buyers.
He, therefore, urged cocoa farmers to make good use of the test stones when they receive them, and compare them to the weighing scales provided by cocoa buyers and ensure that their measurement was correct before they sell their cocoa.
On the forthcoming election, President Mahama reiterated his commitment to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections in fulfillment of the promise made by President John Evans Atta Mills.
He expressed the hope that God would bless Ghana with another peaceful election, making it the sixth successive election since the country’s return to the democratic governance in 1992.
He urged Ghanaians to promote peace during the elections, and not to vote for those who had the penchant for insulting their perceived political opponents but rather vote for those “who can lead the country to the promised land”.
Okofo Eku X Paramount Chief of Agona Traditional Area commended the government for tarring many roads in the area and constructing school buildings in the area.
He also appealed to the government to assist the area with more school buildings to enable it to absorb the increased number of students and ensure the tarring of the untarred roads in the area to improve the movement of people and goods.
Responding to the requests made by Okofo Nyarko Eku, the President said he would instruct the Inspector General of Police to allocate a vehicle to the Nyakrom Police Station.
He said that the government had provided school facilities, clinics, teachers and nurses quarters, and provided more street lights in the area. He promised to improve the roads and construct a community centre and more school buildings and clinics in the area.