KOOKOO PA FARMERS ASSOCIATION HOLDS 4TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING UNDER THE THEME “INCREASING SUSTAINABLE COCOA PRODUCTION IN GHANA - THE ROLE OF THE YOUTH”
Kookoo Pa Farmers Association held its 4th Annual General Meeting in Nyinahin at the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The AGM which was held under the theme “Increasing sustainable cocoa production - The role of the youth” was also to commemorate its annual premium payment to its farmers. The over 7260 farmers of the association receive premium annually through the facilitation of Transmar Group, from Ferrero and Euromar, for producing cocoa and other agricultural products in a more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner.
Kookoo Pa as a farmer association has an interest in encouraging the youth to venture into cocoa production to gradually take over from the ageing majority of Ghanaian cocoa farmers. Reverend Ahia Clottey, the Deputy Executive Director in charge of Cocoa Health and Extension Division who delivered the key note address underscored the fact that having the youth in cocoa production is yielding positive results.
Present at the Annual General Meeting were the Board Chair of Kookoo Pa, Mr. Vincent Frimpong Manu, Mr. Fred Amponsah (Executive Director of the Association), and Mrs Joyce Agyemang Attafuah (Board Member and Legal Practitioner) and some traditional rulers. The Ashanti Regional Minister was represented by the District Chief Executive of Atwima Mponua, Hon. Stephen Yeboah. The Board Chairman advised the farmers to heed to the advice from the agricultural extension officers to be able to adopt modern agronomic practices to increase production.
The association has and continues to benefit from the cocoa livelihood project which is funded by World Cocoa Foundation. Its gender activities constantly provide training and empowerment programs to its women farmers as well.
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Mr. Alex Gyedu of Transmar presenting one of the two cheques to the chairman of the national executive of the association.