Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive of COCOBOD has revealed that Cocoa farmers
in Ghana will from October this year begin the use of Motorized Slashers to
weed their farms and about 100,000 are expected.
This is a move towards mechanized farming which would help reduce the drudgery of the current practice of manual weeding involving the use of cutlasses and hoes, to prune farms.
It also ties in with COCOBOD’s plan to shift the paradigm from cocoa farming being seen only as an agricultural venture, to a more lucrative and sustainable business opportunity as well as a huge employment avenue, as it attracted the youth.
Mr. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive of COCOBOD, announced this in Asuoso in Asene-Manso-Akroso District when he visited cocoa farmers in Asamankese Zone.
He said the Slashers would be distributed to farmers who were members of cooperatives in their various districts.
Mr. Boahen Aidoo announced plans by COCOBOD to procure tricycle to farmers to carry cocoa beans from farm to home to end carrying by manpower.
Source: Kofi Atakora/Joydaddymultimedia.com