International cocoa trader and processor, Transmar Group and Nestle Ghana are offering cocoa farmers in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region an increment in premium price on certified cocoa beans.
Farmers are expected to receive GH¢12 annually for each bag of cocoa sold during the main crop season from the two institutions.
The package is expected to improve incomes of farmers, reduce poverty and encourage them to adhere to best farming practices to improve and maintain the quality of bean.
Kwasi Awuah, a farmer believes the increase will benefit the cocoa production in the country as it will encourage small holder farmers to increase production with a resultant effect on national crop production target.
He said the increase position farmers financially to expand their farms and also get the necessary inputs to increase yield, adding that land tenure system has been the major challenge farmers in general face in their bid to expand farms. “Now we have to fight over lands with illegal mining operators and it is bad.”
Officials of Transmer and Nestle Ghana presented GH¢483,000 to farmers as premium for the 2015-2016 season.
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Transmer Group, Alexander Gyedu, said the group is embarking on several projects to help cocoa production in the country.
He explained that a mapping project is being embarked upon which will help the project team get the necessary information about the farm sizes of all farmers in the group. This will help the group plan interventions accordingly to benefit farmers.
“We have discussed with agro chemical companies, and through us they will supply chemicals to the farmers because there are too many fake products on the market.” The group is taking measures to address the use of fake inputs in cocoa production.