Minggu, 29 Agustus 2010


Story: Zainabu Issah

As part of the 50th Independence Day celebrations of Cote d'Ivoire, a two day forum was organised to reflect on the co-operation between Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana in the area of Cocoa.

It was also to discuss the way forward in the cultivation, production and processing of Cocoa.
Speaking at the forum, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Kwabena Duffuor says cocoa plays an important role in the livelihood and stability of farming communities in terms of job creation and the distribution of income among rural communities.

He added that market developments which negatively affect the interests of farmers tend to move people especially the youth to the  urban centres in such of non existing jobs.

Furthermore low productivity and falling market prices of cocoa has putten undue pressure on the environment as farmers are forced to expand production to new areas including forest lands.

 The Ambassador of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire to Ghana, Mr Auguste Emmanuel Ackah in his speech called on both countries to find a lasting solution to the problems of the cocoa sector.
 He said this would help improve the commodities profitability of the two countries and the producers whose sweat and toil bring joy to the world.

The Secretary General of the Cocoa Producers Alliance(COPAL), Hope Sona Ebai urged the two countries to increase opportunities for empolyment and income generation i the rural areas while providing products for the promotion of consumption of cocoa.

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