Ranking Member on the Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs Committee of Parliament and Minority Spokesperson on Agriculture, Eric Opoku has said that the Akufo-Addo administration deserves no credit for increasing cocoa prices.
Minister of State in-charge of Food and Agriculture, Dr Nura Jara announced yesterday that the government has increased cocoa producer price by more than 8 per cent for the next crop season.
That meant that a 64-kilo bag would now be sold at GH¢515, while a tone would go for GH¢8,249.
The increment has been met with varied reactions from Cocoa farmers with some insisting that it was proper for government to have increased it for more than 8 per cent.
Others also welcomed the increment since the last time cocoa was increased was in 2016.
Reacting to this increment, the Asunafo South MP said government could have done better.
According to Hon Opoku, government could have taken into consideration the increase the rapid increment in goods and services in the country before settling on the 8 percent increase.
“During ex-President Mahama’s regime, he gave the farmers GH₵475 per a bag and also gave them free fertilizer so that their cocoa can yield more for them to get enough money. But when this government came into office, they said people steal the fertilizers so they wont give it free to the farmers so they chose to sell it to them for GH₵80 per bag, so the farmer who does not have GH₵80 cannot buy a fertilizer to apply on their cocoa though it is their own money used to buy them,” he opined.
This kind of treatment, he said should have been enough guarantee for the government to increase the producer price of cocoa far more than the 8 percent.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Solomon Sarfo Boateng