The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has exposed the failure of ruling New Patriotic Party in the cocoa sector.
A member of the NDC national communication team, Kojo Danquah who was speaking on Dwaboase on Power 97.9 FM blamed President Akufo-Addo for the impoverished lives of many cocoa farmers in the country.
Reacting to the recent cocoa producer prices announcement by President Akufo-Addo, the NDC man who disclosed he is a cocoa farmer observed the lives of cocoa farmers have not improved under this government.
“Contrary to what Nana Akufo-Addo promised farmers prior to the 2016 elections we cocoa farmers are suffering than ever. I am a cocoa farmer and I know what I am talking about,” Danquah argued.
“Cocoa farmers have been asking for producer price to be increased yet this government under the insensitive Akufo-Addo failed to listen to the calls and that has escalated the suffering of cocoa farmers,” he added.
Kojo Dankwa said “the government has failed to pay us our premium and is selling fertilizers, which was free under the NDC, to farmers today” adding that unlike during the NDC era, farmers are worse off in recent times.
He said his uncle who had cocoa farms in the Osino areas of the Eastern region had to sell some of his farms to small scale miners for money because cocoa farming was not lucrative any longer under the NPP government.
He said apart from his uncle, other farmers in the Eastern region have sold their cocoa plantations to miners– the reason cocoa production has dwindled ever since the NPP assumed office.
“During the Prof. Mills adminstration under the NDC, Ghana exported over a million metric tons of cocoa but that can’t be said about the country today,” Danquah said while explaining that the recent increment of cocoa prices is the “failed Akufo-Addo’s government’s way to lure farmers to vote for him.”
He urged farmers to enjoy the bonuses and goodies but vote against the NPP and believe in the leadership of NDC flag bearer John Mahama and assured that the next NDC government will bring back its good policies to help improve the lives of farmers.