The chief executive officer for COCOBOD Joseph Boahen Aidoo has stated that cocoa farm lands will rather be sold to illegal miners if Government and COCOBOD make an attempt to decrease the price of cocoa as neighbouring Cote d’voire has already done.
The COCOBOD boss who is currently on a working tour to cocoa growing communities in the western north made the statement when he paid a courtesy call on the paramount Chief of the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area, Katakyie Kwasi Bumangama II.
Allaying the fears of cocoa farmers, Joseph Boahen Aidoo noted that government is not in any way going to reduce the price of cocoa since Ivory Coast had already reduce it price and is even asking Ghana government to do same.
He said, reducing the price of cocoa opens the flood gate for cocoa farmers to sell of their farm lands to illegal miners which will fetch the farmer more money than cocoa and the president he said is not ready to risk that.
According to Boahen Aidoo, government has resolve that if he is not going to increase the price of cocoa for farmers, the he is equally not going to reduce the price but keep it at where he came to meet it.
“When we met cocoa farmers, we told them we cannot increase the cocoa price neither are they we going to reduce what we came to meet. Nana, what the farmers get after selling their cocoa beans is very small so when we reduce the price, these galamseyer’s knocking on the farmer’s door will be giving the farm lands for their illegal mining. Though the Ivorian President has asked Nana Addo to reduce our cocoa price, but Nana we cannot do that”.
He said upon all the 20 countries who produces cocoa, Ghana is the only country who has not reduce the price of cocoa after the cocoa price fell in world market.
By: Kojo Ennimil Arthur/spicefmonline.com