GHANA’S COCOA BOARD TO INTRODUCE ORGANIC FERTILIZER ON FARMS
KUMASI, GHANA– The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) will introduce the use of organic fertilizer as a new soil enrichment strategy on cocoa farms, says its chief executive officer, Joseph Boahen Aidoo.
The use of chemicals and weedicides over the years have affected soil fertility and yield per acre, thus the urgent need to augment the soil’s fertility organically for higher yields, he told journalists in Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti Region (province), about 250 kilometres northwest of the capital, Accra, on Monday.
Irrigation projects would also be extended to nourish cocoa farms planted closer to rivers and streams destroyed through illegal mining activities, he added after a tour of some cocoa growing districts in Ashanti Region.
COCOBOD would from August this year embark on a massive programme to rehabilitate about 10,000 hectares of over-aged cocoa farms yielding low pods per tree. The rehabilitation programme, which is being supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB), will also involve mass pruning.
Additionally, farmers will be encouraged to inter-crop their cocoa plantations with various tree species of commercial value to refurbish and protect the degrading cocoa forests.
Aidoo said as part of efforts to diversify the cocoa industry, COCOBOD was helping farmers to embark on on-farm bee-keeping as well as the cultivation of nutmeg alongside cocoa trees.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK