The Acting Executive Secretary of Kuapa Kokoo Cooperative Cocoa Farmers and Marketing Union Limited (KKFU) a cocoa buying company, Mr. Nelson Adubofour, has said that the union has put in place measures to kick out child labour in cocoa production areas.
Mr. Adubofour pointed out that KKFU Child Labour Unit, though its five-year remediation plan was committed to ensuring that children trapped in the child labour were withdrawn.
The acting Executive Secretary told the union at the 23rd Annual Delegates Conference held at Miklin Hotel, in Kumasi, that with support of Cocoa Health and Extension (CHED), it was able to obtain 4,879 cocoa pods and raise 76,300 cocoa seedlings for a pilot project that sought to empower the young women.
He added that 22 new farms covering 21, 32 acres had been established with KKFU facilitating the acquisition of farmlands for the young ladies above the age of 24.
According to him, KKFU, in partnership with millennium promise Alliance (MPA) a non-governmental organization NGO, has developed a project, dubbed “Kuapa Kokoo back to school project,” which seeks to introduce innovative local interventions to increase access, enrolment quality and retention of children in schools in at least 12 cocoa growing districts in the country.
He also explained that special programme had been designed for young women to engage in cocoa farming as a source of livelihood and to sustain the industry, dubbed “The young women in Cocoa project” it is to encourage young women to go into cocoa farming.
Mr. Samuel Adimado, the Managing Director of Kuapa KKFU, announced a target of 70,000 tonnes this year from 50,000 tonnes.
For his part, Dr. Isaac Opoku, the quality control manager of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) said that the board had secured an international loan of $1.3 billion to promote Cocoa Production in the country, and to enhance production the COCOBOD had instituted measures to support farmers with high yielding cocoa seedling to keep the country’s image as producers of the world’s quality cocoa beans.
Other speakers were Madam Fatima Ali, the president of the union and Mr. Appiah Kwarteng, the Trust chairman.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi