To remove the diseases from farms Manager of Cocoa Health and Extension Division of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Mr Samuel Amponsah has emphasized the farmers to support the rehabilitation program which introduced to save the farms from diseases.
He advised the farmers of cocoa to utilize the program for higher profits.
The average annual production of cocoa in Ghana is about 800,000mt that the industry is making efforts to increase the production with a number of interventions such as free hybrid seedlings, implementation of youth in cocoa initiative and distribution of free fertilizer.
Old and diseased farms which are known as moribund farms has accounted for low yield. These two farms cover almost 40 percent of the total stock of cocoa tree in Ghana.
Mr Amponsah has revealed that COCOBOD is starting the program to replace the old and diseased trees with high yielding and hybrid seedlings.
Further he said that COCOBOD will carry on giving technical support to farmers to achieve the cocoa farm rehabilitation program.
At Abosikrom, Charles Korang Kyeremeh, a farmer of cocoa had cut down 12 acre farm out of 45 acre in an attempt to address Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease (CSSVD).
He stated that the only way to protect his farm is to follow the instructions given by cocoa officers.
Another old lady Madam Hannah Fordwuor told that she has also making progress in her farm with following the rehabilitation program.
She has cut down 23 acre cocoa farm and replants the farm and still in a process of cutting the farm.
So with the support of the rehabilitation program many farmers have cut down diseased trees of cocoa for higher yields.
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