Cocoa farmers want PBC to refurbish dilapidated shed

Cocoa farmers at Abamkrom in have appealed to the Produce Buying Company (PBC) to refurbish its dilapidated shed.

Opanin Kojo Arhin, a spokesperson for the farmers, told the GNA in interview that he wondered why a state building should be allowed to deteriorate.

He said the Marketing Clerk’s quarters were in shambles and the clerk could not live in the apartment.

“The shed is a disgrace to the authorities of the company and cocoa farmers who sell their produce to the company,” Nana Kojo Arhin said.

He said the shed had part of its roof ripped off and the rest leaking and appealed to the authorities of the company to readily repair the building before it collapses.

Mr James Kobina Annan, the Clerk, said the shed had its roof ripped off two-and-a-half years ago in a rainstorm and that saying officials from the Koforidua office of the company had inspected it as well as a contractor.

He confirmed that he was not using the attached quarters, because the place had become dilapidated.

Meanwhile, a cocoa marketing clerk has appealed to cocoa farmers to apply recommended insecticides on their cocoa farms.

Mr Sam Quartey, the Marketing Clerk of the PBC, said the practice would ensure that the country continues to merit the premium placed on its cocoa beans.

Mr Quartey of the Brekumanso PBC in the West Akim District was interacting with some of his farmers at Brekumanso.

He said the mass cocoa spraying exercise could help increase the crop yield if farmers embrace it.

He said the practice where some farmers use unapproved chemicals to control capsid, black pod and other pests were not healthy.

Mr Quartey appealed to farmers to clear their farms before spraying the cocoa trees so as to have a high yield.

Source: GNA

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