Ghana Cocoa Board has initiated its program to boost cocoa production in the country for 2014/15 session which is starting this month. As many as 560 farmers from 10 communities in the Ayensuano District, Eastern Region were gathered on a “Model Farm” rally to be prepared for upcoming season
Keeping in view the perspective of future, Cocoa Board introduced National Cocoa Disease and Pest Control (CODAPEC) programme, dubbed as “Mass Spraying” to help farmer capture the bothering Black Pod and Mirid diseases.
The programme focusing to train farmers to yield potential cocoa production as well as educating and training local sprayers to employ pesticides in the safe manner.
The registered farmers will be given free fertilizers, said Mr Michael Gyasi, Suhum Municipal Officer in-charge of the Cocoa Health and Extension Division. He asked the farmers to cut down diseased suffering trees, where new planting will be established.
He added seedlings, shade trees, ammonia and plantain suckers, are included in the free package to be provided to farmers holding 1.25 acres and above.
Nene Asare, Chief Farmer for Anum Apapam, told Ghana News Agency the expressed his concerns regarding to CODAPEC programme, he said inadequate spraying gangs are a giant fear.
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