Cocoa farmers were urged to focus on their farming activities as this would help them raise funds for their needs.
They were also called upon to always seek technical advice from officers in the Cocoa Health Extension Division (CHED) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) to help increase production.
Mr. Enoch Agudze, a prominent cocoa farmer, who was speaking at a meeting with cocoa farmers in Akorabo near Suhum in the eastern region, said it is important that the issues that have impeded the massive cocoa spraying exercise are dealt with promptly to ensure that the country’s projection for cocoa production for the 2019/2020 cocoa season is not called into question.
Mr Agudze, 58, also a marketing clerk for PBC Limited, a licensed cocoa buying company (LBC), called on the government to distribute insecticides for the mass spraying exercise to farmers on time.
He expressed concern about the inability of some cocoa farmers to spray their farms, despite the farms being infested with pests that destroy cocoa beans.
Mr. Agudze said about 260 cocoa farmers in the region are ready to receive their allocation of improved plant material, including plants to be replanted.
He called on COCOBOD to develop an initiative through its extension program to encourage young people in cocoa production.