President John Mahama yesterday cut the sod for the construction of the 24.25 kilometre Goaso –Tepa road in the Brong Ahafo Region.
It is one of the GH¢3 billion Cocoa Sector Improvement road Projects being undertaken in the region.
The 7km Hwidiem – Kenyasi and Mim town roads are also to be re-awarded under the cocoa roads projects.
President Mahama also announced a list of other road projects in the region which have been awarded on contract, indicating that by the close of this month, their certificates will be ready for work to commence.
He mentioned Dormaa Ahenkro-Nkrakwanta, Goaso and Dormaa Ahenkro town roads, Kofi Badu Junction to Kofibadukrom and Gambia Number two road projects, among others.
Addressing a durbar held in his honour by the chiefs and people of Goaso, President Mahama said the road projects (including feeder roads) were being constructed to facilitate the production and carting of cocoa in that part of the country.
He also urged cocoa farmers in the region to take advantage of the free cocoa seedlings being supplied by the Ghana Cocoa Board to replace their old cocoa trees, saying “the new seedlings are hybrids that bear fruits early and with high yields.”
The Ghana Cocoa Board has started with the free distribution of 50 million seedlings across cocoa growing areas in the country and the President advised the farmers not to pay any moneys to the distributors, saying they should report people who would demand money before releasing the seedlings.
He pledged his commitment to ensure a better condition of life for cocoa farmers, saying the increase in the producer price from GH¢5,522 to GH¢6,800 per metric tonnes was a clear indication of government’s care for farmers.
Nana Kwasi Bosompra II, Goasomanhene, commended the government for the development projects spread across the region.
He called on the President to abrogate contracts with contractors who have failed to honour their part of the agreement, citing the Mim-Ayum road as an example.
The Paramount Chief appealed to the President to intervene in the protracted standoff between the management and workers of Ayum Timbers Limited over unpaid salaries which had accumulated for months.
From Daniel Dzirasah,Goaso