Ghana: Farmers Association respond to allegations of cocoa farmers pension scheme

Women members of an agricultural cocoa cooperative put cocoa beans on the sun for drying [Image: courtesy]
Ghana—The Executives of the Ghana Best Cocoa Farmers Association wish to respond to various allegations made by Stephenson Anane Boateng who claims to represent a group called Ghana National Cocoa Farmers Association (GNACOFA).

The allegations were against major interventions of Ghana Cocoa Board towards the welfare of farmers.

Sources disclose that the members of the Ghana Best Cocoa Farmers Association do not recognize Stephenson Anane Boateng as a spokesperson for Cocoa farmers in Ghana neither do they agree to the contentions by him about the Cocoa Farmers Pension Scheme as well as an alleged imminent boycott of the 2021 National Farmers’ Day Celebration.

Presently in Ghana, Cocoa farmers are represented by the Cocoa, Coffee and Shea Nut Farmers Association (COCOSHE), World Cocoa Framers Organisation  (GBCFA) as well as other recognized cooperatives.

It has been gathered that the associations named above have the full endorsement and recognition of COCOBOD  as they constantly engage the leadership of eth Board through negotiations and dialogues to seek clarity and support from the Board.

According to Anane Stephenson, COCOBOD has no right to spearhead the affairs of the pension scheme adding that he and other people could better handle the pension scheme if given the opportunity.

This is an obvious show of ignorance in his part.

Members of the COCOBOD have since commended the government and the National Pensions Regulatory Authority for the careful manner in which the scheme is being rolled out.

“We wish to indicate without any reservation that we are solidly behind the implementation of the Cocoa Farmers Pension Scheme and further pledge to support grassroots sensitization drive on the initiative to ensure that all farmers embrace the scheme and sign on it for a decent pension after retiring from active farming.”