About 50 cocoa farmers in Western Region ejected from their homes

About 50 settler cocoa farmers at Cocoase, in the Mpohor Wassa East District of the Western Region, were on Tuesday evicted from their homes for failing to honour an agreement with the chief of the town.

The Spokesperson of the farmers, Mr Saviour Kwabogyie told the media in Takoradi that, they had an agreement with the Chief of Brofoyedur, who is the custodian of the land that, they would give out 45 kilograms of cocoa beans to him annually for releasing his land to them to cultivate the crop.

However, since 2009, the cocoa farmers had failed to honour the terms of the agreement hence the ejections.

The Chief of Brofoyedur, Nana Kwamina Damoah III, confirmed the story when he was approached by journalists on the issue.

Nana Damoah said the action was an enforcement of a ruling by the Tarkwa Circuit Court on March 26, 2011, which authorised the security agencies to eject the farmers for failing to honour the agreement they reached with his predecessor.

After almost three years of litigation in court, the court ruled in favour of the chief last year and impressed upon the farmers to pay GH¢14,000 to the chief as damages.

However, the farmers refused to carry out the court orders hence the decision to evict them.

Source: GNA

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