ICCO Honours Opanyin Adusei

Opanyin AduseiThe International Cocoa Conference Organisation (ICCO) has commended Ghana’s 2013 National Best Cocoa Farmer, Opanyin Abraham Adusei, in a citation for his outstanding contributions to the cocoa industry worldwide.

The commendation was made at the just-ended three-day conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on the theme “Sustainable world cocoa economy: Mapping progress along the road.”

It was attended by over 1,400 participants from all over the world.

The citation said, “We salute Opanyin Abraham Adusei, National Best Cocoa Farmer 2013 in Ghana, in recognition of your outstanding contribution to the sustainability of the global cocoa sector.”

Opanyin Adusei who returned at the weekend, told the Times that he was very excited when the invitation was sent to be part of the conference because it came as a surprise to him.

“This gesture shows that Ghanaian cocoa farmers are recognised internationally and I am very excited for the honour bestowed on me,” he said.

Opanyin Adusei who is also the General Superintendent of the Saviour Church of Ghana, said he was proud to be a Ghanaian, and that his recognition was a great honour for Ghana.

He said although it was in recognition of hardworking cocoa farmers across the world, he believed Ghana had taken the lead and had contributed its quota to the cocoa industry worldwide.

Opanyin Adusei noted that moving the cocoa sector forward towards sustainability was not only a challenge to farmers, “but carries with it the unique opportunity for all to play their roles in shaping the future of the cocoa industry”.

He urged farmers to continue to be committed and hardworking in order to promote produce from Ghana, especially the cocoa which had been ranked as the best in the world. By Bernard Benghan



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