Dutch Ambassador to Ghana urges cocoa farmers to take farming as a serious business

Economic news for Saturday March 5, 2022

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Cocoa farmers are advised to run their farming business as a business

Ghanaian cocoa farmers have been encouraged to view their farming activities as a business for sustainable growth.

The Dutch Ambassador to Ghana, Jeroen Verheul, observed that this mindset will see farmers increase their income by improving yield.

“Farming should be seen as a business. In this way, farmers will complement government and stakeholder investments in the sector to improve productivity,” noted HE Jeroen Verheul.

The diplomat made this known during an interaction with officials from the Cocoa Health Extension Division (CHED) of the Ghana Cocoa Board in the Bono and Ashanti region.

Some farmers often view the business as a way of life and therefore do not invest sufficient resources in it.

CHED’s Ashanti Regional Director, Kwadwo Osei Danso shared a similar sentiment.

“Naturally, people go out of their way to protect their investments. Thus, if farmers consider their activities as a business, they will adopt the best practices to sustainably increase their income. It will also help the country increase its production.”

The Dutch Ambassador is on a 3-day working visit to cocoa-growing communities in the Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo and North West regions to assess the impact of a project funded by the Netherlands implemented by Solidaridad in the cocoa sector.

He visited a few rural service centers; supply chain structures established by young entrepreneurs with the support of Solidaridad as a vehicle for the private sector that provides services such as training and access to inputs and finance to smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and their durability.

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