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West Akim Cocoa Farmers Cooperative Donates To COCOBOD District Office

The President of the West Akim Cooperative  Cocoa Farmers (Cocoa Life), Adu Essel Sampson, has called on cocoa farmer cooperatives to make a conscious effort to allocate part of their premium to support community projects as a way of giving back to society.

Mr Adu made this call at a ceremony during which the union donated air-conditioners valued at Ghc10,000  to the Asamankese Office of the Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED) of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).

“These air conditioners were bought from part our premium received and we are donating them in appreciation of the massive support we have received from CHED,” he indicated.

In addition, the cost of installation had been absorbed by the cooperative which has 4,000 members operating in about 40 societies.

The Asamankese District Cocoa Officer, Bernard Toku-Appiah, who received the items thanked the cooperative and assured them that they would be put to good use.

He used the opportunity to inform the cooperative to encourage their members to avail themselves when onboarding for the Ghana Cocoa Board novel industrywide database the Cocoa Management System (CMS) starts in the District on 21st February 2022.

Mr Toku-Appiah again urged farmers to support the CMS team to make their stay in the District useful and memorable.

Over the last 3 years, COCOBOD has committed to establishing a robust database on cocoa farmers, beneficiaries, as well as, other actors within the value chain in an effort to formalize the sector to enable it to roll out the Cocoa Farmers Pension Scheme for farmers efficiently.

The CMS, since its inception, has registered farmers in the Western South, Central, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, and Volta Regions.

The Eastern Region is the next to be covered under the system. The expectation is that farmers will cooperate with the team and provide the right information to the enumerators so that a reliable data system would be created to help interactions with farmers.

Source Cocoa Post
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