Skip to main content

Cocobod to collect data on farmers

Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) has hinted that it will soon award contracts to collect data from cocoa farmers to be used for a pension scheme.

The cocoa farmers’ pension scheme will cater for aged cocoa farmers whose sweat and hard work contributed to the cocoa industry which has been the backbone of the country’s economy.

The cocoa farmer’s pension scheme has been on the drawing board for some time, but had to be suspended due to lack of a database to determine the right persons who qualified to benefit from the scheme.

Dr. Francis Baah, Eastern Regional Manager of Cocobod ,said this when he addressed participants at the first Regional Ghana Cocoa Platform Plenary workshop at Koforidua, which was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Ghana Cocoa Platform (GCP) is designed to engage all stakeholders in the cocoa industry on the same platform to deliberate on issues and problems affecting cocoa farmers and collectively make inputs to guide policies affecting the cocoa industry.

Dr. Baah said the database is critical since the cocoa farming sector has peculiar issues, such as identification of cocoa plantations’ landowners and the real cocoa farmers, and agreement between the two.

This is important, because most cocoa farmers in the country are mostly tenant farmers and the differences have to be established to ensure that the right cocoa farmers are identified to benefit from the scheme.

Mr. Antwi-BoasiakoSekyere, Eastern Regional Minister, said cocoa farming plays an important role in the national economy, and therefore to ensure its sustenance more youth must be motivated to join the industry.

The forum discussed issues including the adjustment of cocoa weighing scales by purchasing clerks, access to subsidised fertilisers, cocoa mass-spraying exercises and deteriorating roads in cocoa communities, which are all affecting the industry’s growth.

Credit: B&FT

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Akuapem-Apirede to promote tourism

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong sarpong007@gmaail.com
The Chiefs and people of Akuapem-Apirede in the Okere Constituency of the Akuapem North Municipality have put in place strategic plans to promote tourist sites in the town.
Apiredehene, Nana Saforo Okoampah III told the Daily Express that their vision is to develop Apirede in a modern way.
“We want to have a modern society and environment. We are doing this on the basis of promoting tourism here,” he added.
According to the Apiredehene, it’s their plan to promote the historic sites and the geographical location of the community.
Apirede is one of the 17 towns that forms the Akuapem State and historically, it used to house the armours of the Akuapem State. The community is part of the Nifa division of Akuapem.
He stated that one of those things was called ‘Odosu’ (the war god for Okuapemhene). “The Chief Executioner in those days for Akuapem also came from Apirede and items that he used were also kept here,” he stated.
“These are a lot of things …

Ghana to benefit from oil spill fund

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong

Ghana as crude oil importing country will benefit from the International Oil Pollution Corporation Fund if the country witnesses oil spill at its ocean.

“The fund is a global fund and it’s meant for the countries that import crude oil. The fund is voluntary but Ghana through the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) contributes annually on behalf of Ghana,” Mr. Kojo Agbenor Efunam, the Deputy Director in charge of oil and gas at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told the Daily Express.

He explained that the fund is mostly for crude oil importing countries but not those into production and exportation.

Mr. Efunam further explained that once Ghana is part of the fund, anytime there is an oil spill involving an oil tanker on the seas of Ghana, the country can apply for the fund to solve any problem resulting from the spillage.

“If the incident does not involve a tanker the country does not benefit. But if the incident involves a tanker the country applies for the fund,” he ment…

PFM Act to guide local government authority borrowing

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The bill, Public Financial Management (PFM) Act 921 which has been passed into law by Parliament is to guide public institutions especially the local government authority borrowing. The law was pass on 3rdAugust, 2016
According to the law, local government authority, a public corporation or state-owned enterprise is liable for the debt and other obligations without recourse to Government, unless otherwise explicitly guaranteed by Government in accordance with this Act.
Madam Eva Esselba Mends, the Chief Economic Officer and Group Head of PFM at the Ministry of Finance told the Daily Express that the law involves a lot but it also give instruction to how state institutions can borrow especially with the  local government authority.
She mentioned that there is no specific law in place that gives direction as to what local authority can do when it comes to borrowing by the authority. Other public corporations sometimes borrow with huge amount for their operation but loca…