Member of Parliament for the Asutifi South Constituency, Alhaji Collins Dauda has told cocoa farmers in the Brong-Ahafo region that they risk been thrown out of business if President Nana Akufo Addo continues to be the President of Ghana.
According to him, until former president John Mahama comes back to power in 2020, the cocoa industry would have no future since the government of Nana Akufo Addo has refused to increase the producer price of cocoa in the 2018/19 crop year though times are hard in Ghana.
At a press conference called by the Minority in Parliament at Goaso in the Asunafo North Municipality of the Brong-Ahafo region today, the NDC law maker said the Akuffo Addo government is displaying gross insensitivity towards cocoa farmers by adopting the current producer price determination formula to impoverish cocoa farmers who toil and labour under very deplorable conditions to sustain the economy.
At the 2018 Cocoa Day Grand Durbar in Accra on Monday, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto announced government has maintained the producer price of cocoa for the 2018/2019 cocoa season at GH¢7,600 per tonne, translating into GH¢475 per bag of 64 kilogramme (kg) gross weight.
He said the decline in the price of the commodity on the international market, which had forced all the other 21 producing countries to slash their producer prices, made it impossible for the government to review the producer price upwards.
But the Minority in Parliament maintains the government of the NPP did not increase the price because it hates cocoa farmers.