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We Are Confident Of Positive Outcome Of Mass Pruning — COCOBOD

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COCOBOD COFIDENT OF POSITVE OUTCOME OF MASS PRUNING

Dr. Emmanuel Agyemang Dwomoh, Deputy Chief Executive In-Charge of Agronomy and Quality Control has expressed confidence in the positive outcome of Ghana Cocoa Board’s (COCOBOD) motorized mass national pruning exercise across all cocoa regions. Dr. Agyemang Dwomoh made the observation when he toured all the eleven districts of the Western South Cocoa region to inspect the progress of work on the exercise and to interact with the pruning volunteers and farmers.

He described the work done so far by the volunteers using motorized pruners on cocoa farms as novel and a major step in ridding cocoa farms of mistletoes and excessive canopies which are inimical to maintaining good cocoa health. ‘When we remove excess branches, canopies and parasitic plants, it results in aeration of the farms and improves penetration of sunlight to induce flower formation for high yield’, adding that maintaining same farm sizes without expanding them which is referred to as vertical progression, and rather observing Good Agronomic Practices (GAPs) of which pruning is key increases yields.

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He noted that some farmers increased their yields from 3 bags per acre to as much as 13 bags on the same piece of land having effectively done pruning and implemented the associated cultural practices.

He maintained that, COCOBOD’s introduction of motorized pruners which also work as slashers aims at making the work of cocoa farmers less labour intensive and exciting. In addition, Ghana Cocoa Board is providing fuel for the operation of the machines. He entreated the farmers to join farmer co-operatives in order to access these machines and cocoa inputs.

Dr. Dwomoh implored the farmers to consider cocoa farming ventures as business so as to attach the necessary importance and make investments into them for sustainability and profitability. He said government was particularly interested in cocoa farming and was ready to buy all cocoa beans produced by farmers.

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Nana Johnson Mensah, Western South Regional Chief Farmer and member of the Board of Directors for COCOBOD who accompanied Dr. Dwomoh and his team on the tour, encouraged cocoa farmers to handle the motorized pruners/slashers provided by COCOBOD according to the operating manual to make the machines last. ‘Find means of buying some of the machines on your own to augment what has been provided to enhance your work’, he said.

Describing COCOBOD’s efforts at creating a data base of farmers in order to serve them better, Dr. Emmanuel Nii Tackie-Otoo, Executive Director of Cocoa and Extension Division (CHED) stated that a new programme called the Cocoa Management System (CMS) is being rolled out. The system when completed will offer detailed information on cocoa farmers and would make way for easy planning and offering support to them.

Dr. Tackie-Otoo encouraged farmers to provide accurate information to officials who come to conduct the exercise to ensure that information gathered would be a true reflection of the farmers’ background. ‘This system will eliminate many of your challenges as cocoa farmers and save you the risk of being attacked when suspected of keeping huge sums of money after cocoa sales with the use of electronic payment system’, adding that, ‘this will enhance COCOBOD’s dealings  with farmers and other cocoa stakeholders’.

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He further advised the farmers to fully observe the safety protocols of corona virus in the discharge of their duties to prevent being infected. He said constant washing of hands with soap under running water was key as well as maintaining social distancing when undertaking any of their activities such as pod breaking which is communal.

Mr. Samuel Asare Ankamah, Western South Regional Manager of CHED who conducted Dr. Agyemang Dwomoh and his team round called on the District Officers and Community Extension Agents (CEAs) to constantly interact with their farmers according to laid down procedures to address farmers concerns promptly or report to the regional office to be redress.

 

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Source: COCOBOD 

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Enforcing Vaccine On Citizens, Unconstitutional ‐ Sammy Gyamfi

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The national communications officer of the biggest opposition party, the NDC, Sammuel Gyamfi has given a penny of his thought concerning the compulsory vaccination going on in the country. The government’s policy of getting every Ghanaian at the age of eighteen years and above vaccinated does not sit well with the young lawyer.

According to Sammy Gyamfi, research made has proven that the vaccinated is highly susceptible to contracting the virus than the unvaccinated ones. He goes on to argue that there are countries who record number of COVID cases twice as Ghana such as south Africa but their president, Cyril Ramaphosa, posits that there is not going to be a force vaccination in the country.

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“Some countries such as South Africa and Brazil are rejecting the Vaccine, vehemently though they are recording cases in huge numbers”, says Sammy Gyamfi.

According to the NDC firebrand, no law in Ghana mandates the FDA to do emergency use authorization, the medicine must be tested and approved before being administered. So it illegal to do emergency use authorization and this proceeds to border the natural rights of Ghanaian citizens enshrined in the 1992 constitution if citizens receive the dose forcefully.

Sammy Gyamfi registered his displeasure when granting an interview at Media General’s 3fm.

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