By Gideon D. Ebbah, GNA
Manso-Nkaasu (Ash), Sept. 25, GNA – The
Antoakrom District Office of the Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED),
COCOBOD, has honoured six hardworking cocoa farmers for their dedication,
commitment and contributions towards improvement in cocoa production in the
The awards formed part of a farmers’ forum
organised by CHED in the Amansie West District at Manso-Nkaasu to discuss
issues and challenges facing cocoa production.
It also created a platform for the farmers to
interact with extension and technical officers to share ideas on new techniques
and agronomic practices to improve farm management to increase crop yield and
The awardees were Mr J.K. Ampong, Mr Edward
Gyimah, Mr Osei Kwame, Mr Andrews Tawiah, Mr Akwasi Amoah and Mr Ibrahim
Kassim, who was declared the overall best farmer.
They received items such as insecticides,
wellington booths, CDs on farmers’ sensitisation on child labour, and
certificates of honour.
Mr Fritz Kwami-Adala, the Antoakrom District
Cocoa Officer, said the award was to recognise the contributions of cocoa
farmers in the economic development of the country.
He said the awardees were selected based on
their adherence to good agronomic practices, punctuality at farmer business
school sessions and dedication to volunteer works and assigned roles.
Mr Kwami-Adala commended the cocoa farmers for
their tremendous contributions to the economy and urged them to cooperate fully
with CHED technical officers and agents in order to adopt good agronomic
practices to improve and sustain growth, yield and incomes.
Mr Kassim, on behalf of his colleagues,
commended CHED for recognising the efforts of cocoa farmers and honouring them.
He urged government to support to farmers to
embark on irrigation projects on their farms to increase yield and