A 42-year-old cocoa farmer, Agyen Brefo, glowed with pride when the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall paid a historic royal visit to his farm.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, toured the farm at Kona in the Sekyere South District of the Ashanti Region, as part of their visit to Ghana.
Mr Brefo, one of the 100,000 members of Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union, was singled out for praise having benefitted from Kuapa Kokoo’s investment in good agronomic practices over the years.
The farmer has been working on a 27-acre for the past seven years.
He also produces poultry, sugarcane and a chain produce in line with the country’s food security policy.
An elated Brefo, applauded Kuapa Kokoo, a leading cocoa merchant company in Ghana, and its partners including Millennium Promise Alliance Ghana for their support.
Kuapa Kokoo has over the years championed sustainable agriculture, reducing child labour, promoting good health of farmers and training in good farm practices through its teleagric programme as well as empowering women in particular via its farmers’ cooperative, which has 100,000 membership.
Prince Charles was impressed with Brefo’s achievements.
Kuapa Kokoo recently rolled out a successful pilot project for young women in cocoa production with plans of expansion.
In all, 22 farms have been established with an average of one acre. Some 22 enterprising young ladies with an average age of 24 years are engaged.
Under their partnership with Kuapa Kokoo, Millennium Promise Ghana announced that the two were working to launch a teleagric centre soon.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will end their five-day working visit to Ghana on Tuesday, November 6.
By Ibrahim Abubakar|3news.com|Ghana