The entire community of Akantansu Nkwanta in the Atwima Mponua district went agog when hundreds of Cocoa farmers clad in various apparels gathered together for the official inauguration of the Akantansu Nkwanta, Kwakumire Women Farmers and Akorabourkrom Farmers Associations (ANCFA).
Speaking at the event, chairman of the association, Mr Samuel Nsiah advised the farmers to keep working harder to get more yield and also to create wealth for themselves.
He announced that the Association has membership of about three hundred cultivating cocoa in the district and are still expecting more to join in the coming days.
“Our membership for Akantansu stands at 189 with a total cocoa land size of 1,012.25 acres; Kwakumire also has 60 members with 642 acreage of Cocoa farm while Akorabourkrom Association also have 56 members with 605 acres of the cocoa cash crop”, he said.
Mr. Nsiah said the Association just like others has its set objectives like to ensure the well-being and support its members, to enable them easily access extension officers and other technical support from Ghana COCOBOD, to adopt modern techniques in farming, entice the youth into farming and also to form co-operative credit union for members to enhance their finances.
He also ceased the opportunity to thank COCOBOD for their immense support in the areas of pruning, pollination and cocoa mass spraying and also reminded government to reduce granular cocoa fertilizers to 50 Cedis per bag.
The ceremony also afforded various heads of Police, Fire Service, Education and Agric departments and agencies the platform to school the farmers present.
District Chief Executive of the area, Mr William Darko, on his part recounted the many government intervention for farmers in the area. He applauded the farmers for the bold initiative and pledged to assist them in their endeavors.
"It's through the effort of myself, the Member of Parliament, Isaac Asiamah and Nananom that Atwima Mponua also have a District Cocoa office", he stated.
According to him, the gesture contributed to the reason 2018 Regional best Cocoa farmer and the National Best female Cocoa farmer are from the District.