Buem farmers are owed GH¢11 million representing 16,750 bags of the cocoa beans – Kofi Adams

0
Kofi Iddie Adams
Kofi Iddie Adams

The Member of Parliament for the Buem Constituency Kofi Iddie Adams says, the farmers in his Consituency are owed GH¢ 11,055,000 representing 16,750 bags from just five (5) LBCs.

According to him, the situation is defeating government’s effort at investing in the cocoa sector to motivate farmers to keep their produce in the country.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament on the plight of cocoa farmers in the Buem Constituency despite government’s $1.3 billions loan facility to the Ghana Cocoa Board, Kofi Adams again alleged that, in western North, only Cargill Cocoa Sourcing Company is currently paying for cocoa purchased from our farmers.

Advertisement

Rawlings was in the process of writing a book before his demise – Kofi Adams

He indicated that if the situation persists, farmers who are engaged in cocoa production will be motivated to practice the unfortunate smuggling of the beans as the only way of survival.

In view of this, he pray the speaker to use his good office to direct the Ministry of Food and Agriculture which has oversight of Cocoa board to immediately take steps to ensure payments are effected to cocoa farmers in Buem constituency and all other cocoa farming areas. “It is my believe that this would go a long way to alleviate the distress and anguish my constituents are currently facing.” He said.

John Dumelo stocks his hometown’s Clinic with equipment on his birthday

Read below, his full statement as presented in the floor of Parliament.

Right Honorable Speaker,
I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on a subject of pressing importance to my constituents and I. The Buem constituency falls under the Oti region, one of the six newly birthed regions in December 2018. The Buem people are primarily a subsistence farming people who have stayed with cocoa farming as a primary source of income. Mr. Speaker, the Buem constituency is noted for our quality cocoa.

Mr. Speaker the Ghana Cocoa Board secured a $ 1.3 billion-dollar facility to purchase cocoa beans for 2020/21 crop season. This facility was to assist Cocoa board make upfront payment for cocoa beans that it purchases from cocoa farmers. Most of the cocoa farmers in Ghana depend mainly on the proceeds of cocoa sale to fend for themselves and their families and most importantly to prepare new farmlands for the next farming season. The proceeds of these sales pay their bills ranging from school fees through domestic utilities to medical bills.

Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker this hasn’t been the case for the last three months. Reports from my constituency and other constituencies in the cocoa growing regions is that cocoa farmers have not been paid by LBCs for their cocoa purchased in the last two months even though we are in the third month of the main cocoa season.

Hon. Woyome donates 40 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor to Agbeve Electoral Area

Mr. Speaker the grim nature of the issue becomes more apparent when I use the plight of the farmers in my district as an example. In Buem, from just five LBCs, farmers are owed GH¢ 11,055,000 representing 16,750 bags of the beans defeating government’s effort at investing in the cocoa sector to motivate farmers to keep their produce in the country. Further, in western North, only Cargill Cocoa Sourcing Company is currently paying for cocoa purchased from our farmers.

Even more worrying, Mr. Speaker, is the sad fact that some of these farmers have been plunged into debilitating health conditions with no funds to seek medical assistance. These farmers resort to loans that are usually accompanied by cut throat interests just to provide basic needs such us feeding and clothing for their families. As saddening as this is Mr. Speaker the latter should be of grave concern to this august house as it defeats the purpose of government’s desire to curb as much as possible the smuggling of cocoa beans to neighboring countries. Increased smuggling will lead to reduction in the cocoa production tonnage and ultimately negatively impact the loan approved by Parliament. Some children of farmers in educational institutions that do not accept promissory notes from purchasing clerks have had to stay home since school resumed.

Serwaa Amihere Questions decisions taken by President Nana Akufo Addo in his Covid-19 Update

Mr. Speaker, it is my considered view that if Parliament which approved the syndicated facility for the purpose of purchasing cocoa for the (2020/21) crop season doesn’t intervene to get Cocoa board to release funds to LBCs to enable them pay the farmers for the cocoa beans purchased, the economic and health situation of these farmers and their dependents will deteriorate. In the long term farmers who are engaged in cocoa production will be motivated to practice the unfortunate smuggling of the beans as the only way of survival.

Mr. Speaker I pray you to use your good office to direct the Ministry of Food and Agriculture which has oversight of Cocoa board to immediately take steps to ensure payments are effected to cocoa farmers in Buem constituency and all other cocoa farming areas. It is my believe that this would go a long way to alleviate the distress and anguish my constituents are currently facing.

Okudzeto Ablakwa takes on President Akufo-Addo

Right Honorable Speaker, I thank you for the audience given me and the people of Buem constituency. Respectfully submitted for your prior approval.

Signed
Kofi Iddie Adams MP
Buem

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

Advertisement

Leave a Reply