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He also promised to resume the supply of free fertilisers, distribute new cocoa seedlings and pay improved cocoa producer price including bonuses to farmers.
A statement issued by the Communications Office of former President Mahama said he gave the assurance during a community engagement with some communities as part of a three-day #SpeakOut tour of the Ahafo Region
Sale of fertiliser
It said he described the decision to sell fertiliser to cocoa farmers as insensitive and affecting overall production.
President Mahama, it said, also challenged the media to visit the cocoa growing areas and cross-check the complaints of the farmers and chiefs about policy decisions that are affecting Ghana’s cocoa production, and also the abandoning of cocoa roads.
The statement said former President Mahama thanked the communities for their support, endorsement and acknowledgement of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC’s) developmental projects.
It said former President Mahama, who was accompanied by the National Chairman of the NDC, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, regional and constituency executives, Members of Parliament and parliamentary candidates, visited Ntotronso, Obengkrom, Goaso, Wromso, Nkrankrom and Sienchem.
At Nkrankrom in the Asutifi South Constituency, the statement said, the chief linguist, Nana Abeka, lamented that despite several visits to the district assembly to enquire about resumption of the project, there had not been any response.
“We were only told the project has been stopped because they were investigating the contract. It has been three years, and the road works, which started and brought joy to Nkrankrom, remain abandoned,” it quoted the linguist.
The statement said at Wromso, a representative of the chiefs, Nana Kwame Kumah, acknowledged President Mahama’s developmental vision, which had benefited the community greatly.
It said Nana Kumah appealed to the NDC leader to urgently construct their roads when he wins the 2020 election.