I feel sad about the plight of cocoa farmers – Mahama
Former President, John Dramani Mahama, during an interaction with cocoa farmers has described their plight of not receiving free fertilizers anymore as something to feel sad about.
Former President, John Dramani Mahama has described as sad President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to stop the supply of free fertilizers to cocoa farmers.
Speaking during an interaction with cocoa farmers and the people of Enchi in the Aowin Constituency of the Western North Region, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, said the supply of free fertilizer, seedlings, and inputs to cocoa farmers increased the annual yield of cocoa.
“I feel very sad for our cocoa farmers”, President Mahama said, adding that “we had good plans and started implementing good policies for the cocoa sector. When we started giving out free fertilizers, it was because we realized it will help improve yield, and in the 2016/17 crop year, we recorded 950,000 tons…”
“I cannot understand why this government will decide to stop that and sell the fertilizers to the farmers…In fact, it is wickedness to leave the fertilizer in warehouses because the farmers cannot and won’t buy them, and throw them away after they expire,” he lamented.
President Mahama who is on a two-day tour of the Western North Region assured the people that with their continuous support, the NDC will win the 2020 elections and resume the implementation of its people-friendly policies.
He acknowledged the support of the people of Enchi and the Aowin Constituency for consistently voting for the NDC, assuring them that all projects stopped by the Akufo-Addo government will be resumed and new projects added when he wins the 2020 elections.
He said many road projects in the cocoa-growing areas being funded by the Ghana Cocoa Board have all been stopped, with roads scheduled to be completed in 2017, now in more deplorable states.
“The Elubo to Enchi road was on contract and we gave it to two contractors so they can be completed early. They should have been completed by now, but thanks to the NPP, that road is worse now than when we started working on it”.
Mr. Mahama also used the occasion to welcome to the NDC, a number of NPP supporters who announced their defection to the NDC.
He asked them to join the Aowin constituency members to campaign for the party to win and bring relief to the people.