Ghana Cocoa Board, (COCOBOD) has described as inaccurate claims by the Minority that the Board’s Chief Executive Officer determines the producer price of cocoa in the country.
The Board implored farmers to disregard the vile publications and comments aimed at tarnishing the image of government.
This was contained in a statement by the Public Affairs department of COCOBOD.
The Minority in Parliament at a news conference said government is stifling cocoa production by the decision not to increase the producer price for farmers.
Minority ranking member on Parliament’s Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson told the media reasons given for the decision are unfounded.
Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Joseph Boahene Aidoo was earlier reported to have said the producer price of cocoa and bonuses for the 2017/2018 cocoa season will not be increased because of the fallen prices on the international market.
The Minority said cocoa farmers will be rendered poor if steps were not taken to overturn the decision adding that government is trying to rip-off farmers by replacing the past government’s Cocoa fertilisation program.
But COCOBOD said it is not true that it is working against the welfare of cocoa farmers as claimed by the minority.
The Board said when world prices of cocoa fell in the 2012/13 and 2014 crop seasons, it used the Fund stabilisation to maintain the producer price of cocoa per tonne at 3 thousand 392 cedis.
It is, therefore, not out of place for COCOBOD to take similar measures in the 2017/18 crop season to avoid a total collapse of the cocoa sector and sustain farmer’s interest in the industry.