Nene Ashaley Adjabeng, Chief Cocoa Farmer of Anum- Apapam in the Ayensuano District of the Eastern Region, has called for a law for the protection of cocoa farms.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Anum- Apapam, Nene Adjabeng who is also the Ga Dangbe Chief of Anum- Apapam called on the government to ensure the legal protection of cocoa farms which were being destroyed in his area by timber companies and illegal mining operations.
The Chief Farmer said, timber merchants invaded cocoa farms in Annum-Apapam felling timber and carting them through cocoa farms, which had ended up in the destruction of many cocoa farms.
He said the situation of cocoa farmers was worsened by the activities of illegal gold mining operators, who used excavators to dig trenches through the cocoa farms, uprooting cocoa trees and destroying them.
Nene Adjabeng explained that cocoa production in his area was dwindling and if care was not taken, efforts being made to help increase cocoa production would be a wasted effort.