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Danger looms: 1000 cocoa farmers affected by cocoa disease in Atwima Nwabiagya

Source: Tvnewsgh.com | Akua-Piesie Asare Bediako

Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease (CSSVD) is one of the diseases that has hampered cocoa production and economy of Ghana since pre-colonia ara.

Cocoa swollen shoot virus Disease (CSSVD) can be transmitted during feeding by several different species of mealybug that feed on the sap of cocoa plants. … The virus has also been found to infect and cause disease in alternative host trees grown in and near cocoa farms.

This development has caused fear and panic to many farmers in Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality and Ghana as a whole.
Ovee 1000 cocoa farms in the Municipality of the Ashanti region are affected by the deadly infection if not tackled immediately would brings hardship to the farmers.

Speaking to some of the farmers, they appealed to the government through COCOBOD to come to aid since they are at a verge of experiencing drought.

Madam Leticia Darkowah Afrifa who is the Nkawie District Cocoa Officer revealed that, the revelations came to know when she and other staff paid a familiarization tour to some communities in the area.

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Some of the communities visited include, Kyerease, Asakraka, Nkontomire and others to interact with the cocoa farmers to first hand information of their problems.

She also noted that the tour was to help them to educate the farmers on the new trend of cocoa innovation and other measures put in place to support them.

With growing concerns raised by the farmers if not find solution will affect cocoa production this year and Ghanaian economy, Madadam assured the farmers of COCOBOD management through the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Joseph Boahen Aidoo will address the issue very soon.

TVNEWSGH.COM statistics shows that Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease ( CSSVD) is the very reason cocoa production has been fluctuating. In fact, 17 % of Ghana cocoa stock is infected by the virus.

The entire Western North Region which used to account for about 30% of our national cocoa production is almost wiped of by the deadly disease.

As we thank the Cocobod Management for the interventions initiated to curb the challenge like mass pruning, hand pollination, mass spraying, as well as credit and subsidized fertilizer policy which are now yielding positive results.

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COCOBOD has also compensated the farmers who are less endemic for the loss in worst affected part of the cocoa growing regions.

This is to appreciate and encourage the farmers efforts to do more.

Meanwhile, Cocobod is piloting Rehabilitation Programme in Eastern and Western North Regions to cut down infected trees and replant for the farmers free of charge.

Information available to TVNEWSGH.COM indicates, that the farm is maintained for the first two years before cocobod hands over to the owners after paying them an amount of GH ¢ 1,000.00 per hectare as compensation for crop loss.

As the cocobod needs commendation for the good work done so far, it is our believe the implementation will scale across the entire cocoa growing regions for the farmers to get relief about the work the are doing.

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