11/06/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/06/2018 10:40
As part of his four-day tour of Ghana, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles paid a working visit to a cocoa farm at Kona in the Sekyere South District of the Ashanti Region.
Prince Charles used the visit to experience sustainable cocoa farming practices in Ghana. The Prince had the opportunity to experience the cocoa value at first-hand - from the acquisition of seeds to harvesting.
The host farmer, Agyen Brefo, a 42-year-old mixed cropper, had the rare opportunity of his farm being selected for the visit due to the sustainable manner in which he goes about his farming.
Agyen Brefo is one of the 400,000 farmers nationwide who have benefitted from various training programs on Good Agronomic Practices (GAPs) organized by Kuapa Kokoo.
Mr. Brefo, after taking his guests around the farm urged the youth not to think that farming is only for poor, aged and uneducated people.
He said rather than moving to urban centres to seek non-existent jobs, the youth should move into farming - given how lucrative it is, and that they should take over from aging cocoa farmers.
On average, Mr. Brefo said, he harvests about 15,000 bags of cocoa during both the main and light crop seasons.