10,000 people employed for COCOBOD’s hand pollination programme

10,000 people employed for COCOBOD’s hand pollination programme
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
Date: 08-08-2017 Time: 01:08:50:pm

A total of 10,000 Ghanaians have been offered jobs within the last months, with an additional 20,000 expected to be employed by November 2017, government has said.

Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Joseph Boahen Aidoo explained this forms part of efforts to reduce unemployment in the country.

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the lead up to the 2016 elections, promised to create jobs if elected into government.

Eight months after winning the elections, labour groups have been piling the heat on the President, Nana Akufo-led administration to fulfill its promises to the electorate.

At the Ghana Economic Forum in Accra Monday, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo said the public sector may have to lay off workers due to the ongoing International Monetary Fund (IMF) program.

But the Ghana Federation of Labour has charged the government to fulfill its promises to create jobs rather than threatening to lay off public sector workers.

Touring the Western Region Monday, President Nana Akufo-Addo launched the hand pollination programme of the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) at Wassa Dwenase. A total of 10,000 people have been recruited for the project.

As part of the programme, about 30,000 cocoa farmers from across the nation are expected to be introduced to the hand pollination technique.

The beneficiaries have been recruited to train cocoa farmers in the new method of hand pollination in a bid to boost cocoa production in the country. 

Hand pollination, also known as mechanical pollination is a technique that can be used to pollinate plants when in their natural settings.

This method is done by manually transferring pollen from the stamen of one plant to the pistil of another.

The Chief Executive of Cocobod has revealed about 8,000 motorized spraying machines and 12,000 hand spraying machines have been procured to facilitate the implementation of the cocoa mass spraying programme.

Mr Aidoo said: “Approximately 1,300 tonnes (1,233,333kg) of fungicides have been procured to cover approximately 1.8 million hectares of cocoa farms.”

“For the insecticides, 710,000 litres of insecticides have been procured to cover approximately 2 million hectares of farms. COCOBOD has also beefed up the number of gangs from 6,413 to 6,653 to enable more farms to be covered,” he said.

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