Suhum (E/R) Sept. 18 GNA – Cocoa farmers had been advised to take advantage of the cocoa spraying exercise to expand their farms and maximize yield.
Mr Michael Gyasi, Suhum District Officer of the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease (CSSVD), gave the advice at a farmers rally at Suhum on Tuesday to educate them on modern farming practices.
He told the farmers that government provided the chemicals and the spraying machines free of charge and that there was no need for any farmer to pay money to a spraying gang before his farm was sprayed.
Mr Gyasi cautioned members of the spraying gangs against diverting chemicals meant for spraying exercise.
He advised the farmers to report any member of a spraying gang who demanded money from them before spraying the farms to the local chief farmer and the CSSVD office at Suhum.
Mr Gyasi advised the farmers to make good use of the monies realized from the proceeds of their farms by investing them in their children education instead of buying expensive funeral cloths and marrying more women.
Nana Karikari Kwasi Menyo, the acting chief farmer, said even though the farmers were doing everything possible to develop their farms, there was more to be done.