Tuesday, 18 June

Farmers say COCOBOD CEO branded them as ingrates at farmgate price meeting

General News
During a meeting to determine the new cocoa price, Mr Aidoo reportedly criticised the farmers for not appreciating government support to the sector

Ghana National Cocoa Farmers Association (GNACOFA) expressed discontent with the conduct of Joseph Boahen Aidoo, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD). 

During a meeting to determine the new cocoa price, Mr Aidoo reportedly criticised the farmers for not appreciating government support to the sector. 

The President of GNACOFA, Mr Stephenson Anane Boateng, told Accra-based Adom FM on that: "I was on my way back from somewhere when I had a call from COCOBOD over their intended meeting with me which I went". 

He noted that the COCOBOD CEO, at the meeting, used over one hour introducing himself and then accused the farmers of ingratitude.

The farmers, who were seeking a price higher than GH₵1,308 per bag offered by the government, claimed they were not consulted before the announcement was made.

Mr Eric Opoku, the Ranking Member of the Food, Agriculture, and Cocoa Affairs Committee in Parliament, accused the government of "cheating the farmers," suggesting that the cocoa bean farmgate price could have been increased to GH₵2,000.

On the other hand, COCOBOD's Public Relations Officer, Mr Fiifi Boafo, stated that there had been prior engagement with the cocoa farmers regarding the new price. 

He emphasised that decisions were not made unilaterally, and consultations took place before any steps were taken.

Source: classfmonline.com