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The Managing Director of Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union (KKFU), Samuel Adimado, has touted the potential of Agriculture as a critical driver of Ghana’s socio-economic development, saying “Agriculture is a business and a sustainable goldmine, when managed properly and supported effectively would yield impressive dividends”.
He said despite all the prospects and major contributions of the cocoa sector to Ghana’s economic growth, it is sad to note that social amenities such as good roads, hospitals among many others in cocoa growing areas leave much to be desired.
Speaking on the occasion of the Kuapa Kokoo Inter-Tertiary School Green Ghana Debate Competition that attracted University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, University of Professional Studies, University of Education Winneba –Kumasi campus, Christian Service University, Ashesi University and the University of Cape Coast, he said Kuapa Kokoo has over the years introduced several stop gap measures to ensure that these demotivating factors do not affect the produce of its farmers.
Mr. Adimado said “We have been doing this over the years on the quiet, concentrating on our farmers and how not denigrate farming but rather how to motivate our farmers and how to improve agriculture in Ghana.
“We strongly believe that the best drivers of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ are well-motivated farmers and an improved agricultural sector. How can information communication technology be leveraged to boost farming activities, particularly cocoa industry? And how can we as cocoa farmers be involved in the cocoa scholarship deployments and awards to beneficiaries?”
He said his outfit has accepted that a blend between the selected communities and its homegrown principled cocoa farmers can produce the best solutions for Ghana’s agricultural challenges.
Adimado opined that their aim as cooperative union is to make sure that the future of cocoa production is enhanced to make Ghana the number one when it comes to sustainable and quality cocoa industry.
The students debated on the motion “The application of the CMB and Infrastructure scholarships has not helped enough to groom the generation of cocoa farmers in Ghana” and “Information Communication Technology is the answer to achieving maximum growth in the cocoa sector in the wake of Ghana Beyond Aid.”
The debate seeks to provoke intellectual discourse around investments in the cocoa sector as well as tickling the interest of young people to embrace the realities beyond theories and concepts taught in lecture halls to positively advance the gains made in Agriculture.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa