Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of COCOBOD has encouraged Ghanaian youth to venture into cocoa production to sustain the national economy.
He said this at an event themed: “Transforming the cocoa sector for economic growth – The role of the youth”.
He said the cocoa industry is a major contributor to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and could collapse OF the youth do not venture into the cocoa industry.
The average age of Ghana’s cocoa farmers is over 50 years with that of the cocoa farm about 30 years.
“In order for the youth to be confident in the sector, there is the need for the government and all stakeholders to find drastic measures to address problems of crop diseases, illegal gold mining, climate change, soil infertility and bad road network,” he added.
Dr. Opuni mentioned the “Youth in Cocoa Farming Initiative” where more than 40,000 young people were now into cocoa economic activity.
He also mentioned the free supply of hybrid seedlings, fertilizer distribution and cocoa mass spraying as other interventions to make the crop production attractive.
Education on good agronomic practices, early detection of cocoa diseases and identification of diseased trees were offered.
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