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Regional News Fri, 23 May 2003

Ahafo Ano South Cocoa Farmers introduced to the HI-TECH

Cocoa farmers in the Ahafo Ano South District have been introduced to the new improved cocoa technology (HI-TECH).

They were taken through the application of fertilizers and other chemicals under the technology for maximum results.

This was at a workshop organised for more that 150 cocoa farmers in the District at Mankranso by the Cocoa Research Institute (CRI).

Dr A.R. Appiah, Director of the Institute, said there was a strong linkage between productivity and income levels of the farmers, saying increased crop yield would invariably lead to more returns.

He said apart from financial benefits to be derived by the farmers the national economy would also gain from increase in cocoa production.

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Mr Adu Achampong, National Co-ordinator of the Mass Spraying Exercise, advised the farmers to buy chemicals from only well-recognised agro-chemical centres.

''This is the only way you can avoid the risk of buying adulterated chemicals'', he said.

Mr Kwaku Obeng Boateng, the District Chief Executive (DCE), re-affirmed the government's determination to make farming more attractive and rewarding.

Nana Akwasi Amoateng, the District Chief Farmer, said the farmers were grateful to the government for efforts to improve their working and living conditions.

Source: gna
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