Bechem (B/A)- The CalliGhana Company Limited has trained 500 selected cocoa farmers in the Brong-Ahafo Region to improve on yields and produce certified beans to meet international demand.
CalliGhana is a subsidiary of Ayrsta Life Science, a French company which provides technical support for good agricultural practices and it is collaborating with the Produce Buying Company (PBC).
Beneficiary farmers selected from PBC’s societies in Bechem, Duayaw-Nkwanta, Beposo, Sunyani and Mangoase were introduced and exposed to responsible and proper application of agro-chemicals, fertilizers and good agricultural practices such as pruning as well as disease and pest controls.
Audio visuals were also used to expose the farmers to best farming practices.
The training is in line with a project titled Nguso Papa introduced by CalliGhana and it is aimed at training cocoa, maize, rice and vegetables farmers in Ashanti, Central, Western, Volta, Eastern and Brong-Ahafo Regions.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Richard Biney, Programme Coordinator of CalliGhana, said more than 5,000 farmers are expected to benefit from the training by the close of the year.
He said cases of food poison reported in the country could partly be attributed to misapplication of agro-chemicals on vegetable farms, hence the need to educate farmers.
Mr Biney said beneficiary farmers were also supplied with protective spraying materials such as hand gloves and nose masks, as part of the training.
He said the programme has been making positive outcomes since it started in August last year because the farmers have become more responsible in the use of agro-chemicals as well as disease and pest control methods.
Many of the cocoa farmers commended CalliGhana for the programme and expressed the hope that the training would benefit more farmers to improve on the quality of the cocoa beans and national food production in general.
Source: Ghana News Agency