Think of your farm as a business – Boahen Aidoo tells cocoa farmers

COCOBOD CEO, Joseph Boahen Aidoo
COCOBOD CEO, Joseph Boahen Aidoo

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, has charged cocoa farmers to be business minded in operating their farms and to partake fully in the various programmes introduced by COCOBOD to ensure good farm yields and to increase profits.

Good farming practices, like pruning, the timely application of fertilizers and proper pests control are essential at all times, he said.

Hon. Aidoo stated this while interacting with farmers in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions, on the first day of his week-long tour of cocoa farms across the county.

He is accompanied by the Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Operations at COCOBOD, Dr Emmanuel Opoku, as well, as Directors and Research Scientists from COCOBOD.

The tour is aimed at assessing the level of farmer participation in the various farm productivity improvement programmes implemented by COCOBOD; it is also to gathering first hand knowledge of the challenges facing farmers at different parts of the cocoa producing areas; and to hold farmer rallies to interact with farmers.

“As a cocoa farmer, you need to think of your farm as a business. And as a business person, you should always invest a portion of your profits back into your business. That is how you stay profitable for a long time,” Hon. Aidoo advised while interacting with Joe Bafour and his farm employees, during a stop over on his eight-acre cocoa farm in the Ashanti Region.

He added, “If you properly prune the crops, apply the right fertilizer at the right time and practice hand pollination, an acre of cocoa trees can yield 20bags worth of cocoa. Make sure to investigate the cost of at least two bags back into the farm. One bag can pay for your fertilizers and another bag for pollination. You will still have 18 bags left. That is good business.”

The COCOBOD Boss was thankful to the farmers for their hard work and profound contribution to the nation.

He encouraged them to implement all of COCOBOD’s productivity programmes to increase their produce.

By: Apt News Desk

Publish on Apt

Do you have any Social, informational, educational or entertaining stuff that should be featured on www.aptnewsghana.com?

Please submit your stories, pictures, and videos to us via WhatsApp: +233548388489 or click on the icon on your screen. Alternatively, email us: aptnewsghana@gmail.com

RSS APO Group – Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

  • FIFA global report: Give every talent a chance May 13, 2021
    Download logoFIFA (www.FIFA.com) publishes year-long study on the global talent development ecosystem; Talented young footballers need to be given every possible chance to shine; Data-driven project headed by FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger. A ground-breaking study by FIFA has delivered the message that every talented player deserves a chance to be identified […]
  • Coronavirus - Eritrea: Announcement from the Ministry of Health (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    Four patients have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in tests carried out today at Quarantine Centers in Barentu (2), and, Agordat (1), Gash Barka Region; and Asmara (1), Central Region. On the other hand, twelve patients who have been receiving medical treatment in hospitals in the Southern Red Sea Region have recovered fully and have […]
  • Coronavirus - Nigeria: COVID-19 case update (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    44 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria; Lagos-28 Rivers-14 Akwa Ibom-1 Ekiti-1 165,559 confirmed 156,374 discharged 2,066 deathsDistributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo
  • Incentives for Digital Economy Production in Cameroon (By Achare Takor) May 13, 2021
    By Achare Takor Over the last decade, information technologies (IT) have revolutionized the way people and businesses carry out their daily activities worldwide. There is abundant evidence that the upsurge of technology has been a major contributor to fundamental economic change, notably the growth in global production and the distribution of intangible goods and services. […]
  • Coronavirus - Zambia COVID-19 statistics daily status update (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    COVID-19 daily update - 12th May: we report 59 new cases out of 4,800 tests (1% positivity), 35 recoveries, and 5,058 new vaccinations; with 1 new death (MHSRIP).Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI).Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 reported cases in Ethiopia (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    Daily: Laboratory test: 5,722 Cases: 695 Severe cases: 659 New deaths: 27 Recovery: 2,241 Total: Laboratory test: 2,634,674 Active cases: 45,619 Total cases: 264,367 Total deaths: 3,938 Total recovery: 214,808 Total vaccinated: 1,397,647Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.Media filesDownload logo
  • Video News Release: Weekly Press Briefing on the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak May 13, 2021
    Watch the video: https://bit.ly/3bFSW7BDistributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - South Africa: COVID-19 Statistics in South Africa (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    Tests conducted: 10,968,926 Positive cases identified: 1,602,031 Total recoveries: 1,519,734 Total deaths: 54,968 New cases: 2,759Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa, Department of Health.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Kenya: COVID-19 update (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    410 people have tested positive to the disease, from a sample size of 3,799 tested in the last 24 hours. Our positivity rate is at 10.8%. From the cases 393 are Kenyans while 17 are foreigners. Total confirmed positive cases are now 164,386 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,729,345. County distribution: Nairobi 76, Kericho […]
  • Coronavirus - Eswatini: COVID-19 daily update (12 May 2021) May 13, 2021
    Total daily tests: 983 New confirmed cases: 5 Cumulative confirmed cases: 18,492 Active cases: 37 Recoveries: 17,784 (0 new) Currently admitted: 1 New deaths: 0 Total deaths: 671 Total vaccinated to date: 35,227Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini.Media filesDownload logo
About Editor 616 Articles
Joe Bright Nyarko Journalist/Communication Researcher. Environment & Sustainability Advocate. Managing Editor of aptnewsghana.com, a non-profit news portal with bias towards environment and sustainability issues, rural development policies and gender & inequality.