Cocoa Industry Will Receive Help From Government

Farmers in Agricultural Region 1; will be receiving assistance this week from the Ministry of Agriculture in the rehabilitation of their cocoa fields as they prepare to expand and increase their production.

On Tuesday September 23rd, fifteen farmers will be involved in a demonstration in the pruning of cocoa for old fields as well as newly established trees one to three years old.

The resource person will be Agricultural officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, forestry and Fisheries, Dan Richards.

He will focus on a range of issues including the proper formation of the tree for ease in harvesting and conducting a number of the production practices necessary for optimum production.

Mr. Richards will also demonstrate structural and sanitary pruning procedures.

The demonstration will take place on Sidney Tucker’s farm at Richmond beginning at 9:30AM.

The Ministry said the selected farmers are among those who have been the traditional suppliers of cocoa that ensured the regular production and supply of chocolate bars used in the making of cocoa tea.

The farmers are now cultivating close to 40 acres of cocoa.