The 62-year-old cocoa farmer at Kunsu who leased portion of his cocoa farm to illegal miners has rescinded his decision to convert the entire farm to a galamsey site.
This was after officials from Ghana Cocoa Board engaged him extensively and promised to rehabilitate his over-aged cocoa farm for him at no cost.
The cocoa farmer who says he has grown the crop for the past 40 years could not boast of anything but a two-bedroom house and some money after leasing a portion of his farm to ‘galamseyers’. His intention was to cut the entire cocoa farm and turn it into a a mining site.
But following a TV3 report on how galamsey is deserting cocoa farms at Kunsu, the Ghana COCOBOD reached out to him and has yielded a positive result.
Akwasi Fordjour who appears excited commended TV3 for shedding light on the plight of cocoa farmers.
He says the Ghana COCOBOD have promised him plantain suckers as well after helping him rehabilitate the farm early next year.
When asked if he will revert to galamsey as intended earlier, he responded “No no no no no I’ll never do that again because I needed help and now they are here to help me. I’ll never do that galamsey work again. I’ll do the cocoa work to help the nation.”
He continued he is being used as an experiment to reach out same response to other farmers whose farms have suffered the fate of his.
“They are using me to experiment their intention because after me, they’ll go through the farms of the other farmers whose farms have been destroyed and sort them out,” he expressed.
By Ibrahim Abubakar|AkomaFM|Onuaonline.com