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Why is Akufo-Addo govt selling free fertiliser to cocoa farmers; it’s “wickedness” – Mahama

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he pities cocoa farmers in the country following the Akufo-Addo government’s decision to stop the supply of free fertilisers to them.

Speaking to cocoa farmers and the people of Enchi in the Aowin constituency of the Western North Region, Mr Mahama said the supply of free fertiliser to cocoa farmers during his presidency, increased the annual yield of cocoa.

 
“I feel very sad for our cocoa farmers. When we were in power, we supplied free fertilisers because we realised it will help improve yield, and in the 2016/17 crop year, we exported 950,000 tonnes of cocoa…”

“I cannot understand why this government will decide to stop that and sell the fertilisers to the farmers who cannot even purchase at the high cost … It is, therefore, wickedness to leave the fertilisers in warehouses for them to go waste because the farmers cannot buy,” he bemoaned.

The flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said these on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, as part of his two-day tour of the Western North Region.

He assured the people that when the NDC wins power in 2020, it will restore the free fertiliser distribution programme.

Mr Mahama further promised that his government will construct cocoa roads and complete all abandoned projects such as roads, especially the Elubo to Enchi road, CHPS compounds, E-blocks and others.

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