Some cocoa farmers in the West Akyem Municipality of the Eastern Region have eulogised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for increasing the producer price of cocoa, even in the era of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
A new cocoa producer price of GH¢10,560 per metric ton, equivalent to GH¢660 per bag, was announced by President Akufo-Addo for the 2020/21 crop year.
This represents a hike of more than 28 per cent over the price obtained in the outgoing crop year of 2019/2020.
The president of the West Akyem Cooperative Cocoa Farmers Association, Adu Essel Sarpong, said the decision by the government to increase the price shows how courageous President Akufo-Addo is when it comes to governance.
He noted that this has also proven that the government is committed to making farming more attractive for cocoa farmers.
Mr Essel Sarpong was speaking at a short ceremony in Asamankese, over the weekend, to inaugurate the West Akyem Cooperative Cocoa Farmers Mutual Support and Social Services Society Limited.
He used the occasion to advise the farmers to cultivate the habit of saving money for the future, especially during the peak season. He noted that the situation where farmers fall into financial difficulties soon after the cocoa season should be a thing of the past.
Some of the farmers who attended the event also expressed appreciation to the government for the cocoa price increment.