Suhum Cocoa Farmers Hold Workshop

cocoa-beansThe Co-operative Cocoa Farmers Union, in the Suhum municipality in the Eastern Region, has assisted 103 community members at Kokoteasua Saforaosa-Aponoa-pono by paying for their National Health Insurance premium.

It has also provided them with Wellington boots and cutlasses from their share of the society’s cocoa premium received last year.

Mr Kwame Asa Ofori, President of the union, announced this at a three-day workshop for the Co-operative Cocoa Farmers Society, held at Suhum.

It had the theme, ‘Building the capacity of co-operative cocoa farmers societies through training in record keeping and book keeping’. It was attended by secretaries of 25 co-operative cocoa farmer societies.

Mr Asa Ofori, who is also chief farmer and board member of Cocoa Life, said the programme was in fulfillment of the Co-operative Union’s promise to train the societies’ secreta-ries.

He advised all co-operative cocoa farmers to adhere to the advice of the cocoa extension officers and the Department of Co-operatives.

Nana Tabi Amponsah, Suhum Municipal Director of Co-operatives who was the facilitator of the programme stressed on the importance of record and book keeping, and the need for the farmers to see cocoa farming as business and apply the business techniques in the farming.

He appealed to the government to give approval to the Registrar of Co-operatives to recruit staff, adding that at the moment the Department of Co-operative was in dire need of human resource.

He said last year, the Cooperative Farmers Union produced 200 tonnes of cocoa and received GH¢80,000 as premium.

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