Mr Kwame Owusu Ansah, Western North Regional Cocobod Manager has disclosed that, a total of 27,000 casual workers are set to be employed in the Western North Region between now and January 2021 as part of Cocobod National Cocoa Rehabilitation programme.
Mr Owusu Ansah in an interview on Day Break De – Beat with the host Pollo Esposito in addressing the public aftermath of President Akufo Addo 3 days working visit said, majority of Cocoa farms in the region have been affected by the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Disease ( CSSD) so “to intensified the Cocoa Rehabilitation project in order to boost the Cocoa production in the region there’s the need to employed more energetic youths for the job, hence the need to employed 27,000 casual labourers.”
According to the Western North Cocobod Manager, Cocobod has targeted 20,000 hectares of rehabilitation Cocoa farms across the Western North Region. “The rehabilitation project is a full five years contract, so we ensure that every three months there would be a renewed contract for the workers to be able to achieve our targets” he disclosed.
“Per the compensation for affected Cocoa farmers we have been able to pay more than 5,800 out of 6,720 affected farmers, he said.
Mr Owusu Ansah finally urged the Cocoa farmers to commit themselves to the government Cocoa rehabilitation initiative to help improve their production to its peak.
President Nana Addo Dunkwah Akufo-Addo had earlier launched the national Cocoa rehabilitation program at Sefwi Wiawso during his 3 days working visit to the Western North Region.
By: Fada Francis@De-BeatFM