The Cocoa Health Extension Division (CHED) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) in Brong Ahafo has revealed that it has began a regional sensitization and education to motivate the youth into cocoa production.

According to Dr. Nii Tackie Otoo the Regional manager of CHED, most people especially the youth shun away from venturing into farming especially cocoa plantatu because they do not have enough information about cocoa production leaving only the aged.

He also expressed worry about some farmers failure to comply with measures to plant freely given seedlings or not planting them at all on their farms.

"We gave 11 million cocoa seedlings last year to farmers but some failed to plant them while others failed to plant them in pegs and lines we trained them"

Mr. Samuel Asare Ankamah, deputy CHED manager, speaking on the Sky BBS, urged cocoa farmers to develop a business attitude and mentality towards their work, noting that Farming is a business and not just a way of life.

"Farmers have to understand that cocoa farming is a business that needs the necessary attention. They won't reap the full financial benefits of their labour of they fail to observe all the the appropriate maintenance culture"

The COCOBOD celebrated their 70th year anniversary this year on the theme "70 years on: Mobilizing for a sustainable cocoa economy"

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