The Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union (KKFU) has made strides in leveraging on technology to provide enhanced extension services to help members increase the yield of cocoa per acre as a means of improving their incomes.
In this regard, it has established a state-of-the art tele-agricultural centre to help improve the knowledge base of members on new agricultural technologies and techniques, while strengthening the linkage between farmers and relevant technical agricultural services.
Madam Fatima Ali, President of KKFU who made this known, said the union is in talks with MTN Ghana to provide over 6,000 mobile phones to support members in the tele-agriculture initiative.
Speaking during an interaction with journalists in Kumasi, she said the new technology will also help to provide timely information for farmers on the weather, farm inputs and markets.
The interaction was to introduce the new executive of KKFU’s vision and seek the support of all stakeholders to prosecute that vision.
Madam Ali said KKFU, which was established 25 years ago, has over 100,000 members who are working hard to produce quality cocoa beans for the country.
Mr. Samuel Adimado, Managing Director of Kuapa Kokoo Limited (KKL), said the company has been a major player in local purchases of cocoa beans – adding that the company has increased its market share from 4.3 to 7 percent.
He said the company has this year alone employed 60 university graduates to support its operations.
Mr. Adimado said management is working to strengthen its internal mechanisms for fighting corruption, and called on all stakeholders to assist management achieve that goal.
Mr. Nelson Adubofour, Acting Executive Secretary of KKFU, said the union’s sustainable development programme is anchored in four pillars.
He said these are: production enhancement and environmental protection; alternative livelihood interventions to improve on incomes of members; provision of healthcare services to members; and child protection as well as ethical labour interventions.