Cocoa farmers at Jomoro in the Western Region on Wednesday threatened to sell their cocoa in Cote d’Ivoire if the falsification of the weighing scales by cocoa purchasing clerks continues.
The farmers, numbering over 8,000, were represented by their executive at a press conference to express their concerns to the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), the regulatory authority.
Paul Kodjo, chairman of the association, said though stakeholders and the COCOBOD met to deliberate on the matter about three years ago, little had been done to resolve the issue, which was adversely affecting the purse of the farmers.
He said the farmers lost close to 20 kilograms of cocoa through this unruly method of purchasing clerks and cocoa buying companies.
“It is disappointing that the 100,000 weighing stones imported by government have been shielded by these people in order to engage in their nefarious activities,” the Chairman said.
They called on COCOBOD to provide farmers with electronic and sealed cocoa weighing scales to mitigate the falsification and tilting of the scales by purchasing clerks.
“We are disappointed by the fact that all these recommendations have not been implemented for more than a year,” Mr Kojo said.
The farmers have therefore issued a two-week ultimatum to the regulating authorities to, as a matter of urgency, address the situation.