Farmers in the country have been asked to change their view of Agriculture and start seeing it as a full time business that could earn them good money.
“Do not look down upon yourself…farming is not a punishment, neither is it for illiterates. It’s a full time profession for educated and uneducated interested persons”, an Agricultural Extension Officer, Mr. Isaac Agudey Armarh told farmers in the Ahafo Ano South District in the Ashanti Region.
At a Cocoa Farmers’ Rally at Kunsu in the district, the farmers were taught new methods of farming that would help increase cocoa production. They were also advised to cultivate seedlings supplied by the Ghana Cocoa Board.
The farmers were encouraged to utilize the services of extension officers who are being paid by government to assist them.
“Make use of my services. Monies the government gets from exportation of cocoa beans are used to pay me every month”, Mr. Armarh added.
The District Cocoa Officer Prince Kyei Ofori Atta urged farmers to strictly abide by the instructions from the extension officers who have in-depth knowledge about cocoa planting.
The farmers were asked not to sell their cocoa beans to unauthorized agents.
The District Cocoa Officer outlined some plans government has in place to assist cocoa farmers some of which include scholarships for their wards among other developmental projects within their locale.