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Fair Trade Ghana laments govt’s failure to supply cocoa farmers with fertilizer

The Secretary of Fair Trade Ghana Limited, Kwame Asa-Ofori  has accused the Akufo-Addo-led government of reneging on its promise to make fertilizer available to cocoa farmers.

Fair trade is a global movement which addressees the injustices of conventional trade by supporting smallholder farmers and workers to secure better terms of trade.

It is an alternative approach based on partnership between producers and traders, businesses and consumers.

Speaking on Onua FM’s Yen Nsem Pa on Monday, Mr. Kwame Asa-Ofori who is also the immediate past president of Suhum Cocoa Cooperatives claimed although it was insufficient, cocoa farmers were supplied with fertilizer under the previous government.

However, he is positive government would respond to the needs of farmers when the cocoa season starts.

Mr. Asa-Ofori suggested that farmers should be paid well for their produce to enable them purchase their own fertilizer.

He also noted that allowing them to buy it themselves would ensure that they develop the habit of properly preserving fertilizer because people have been careless with those supplied by the government because they were freely distributed.

By Nana Owusuaa Osei-Kuffour/ Onua Fm

 

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