Cocoa farmers especially in the Western Region have claimed the work on cocoa farms as difficult and very costly, thereby compelling them to cut down their cocoa farms for rubber plantation.
According to the farmers, their decision was taken “because of lucrative purposes and also blamed the Ghana Cocoa Board and for that matter government for neglecting their needs when it comes to cocoa farming”.
They further expressed their reason for abandoning cocoa farming saying “it is a tedious job which demands spraying three in the year from the day of planting until the trees die”.
Also, comparing it to the activity involved in rubber plantation, they added, “with rubber plantation, what a farmer needs to do is to weed the farm which also does not cost so much”.
The farmers emphasized that, the money from rubber plantation comes quick unlike cocoa that takes years.
Madam Ama Ataa, one of the farmers who has replaced her cocoa farm with rubber plantation said, she realized her cocoa trees were no longer bearing enough fruits, so she decided to venture into rubber plantation.
She added that, “in fact, I have not regretted cutting down my cocoa trees. The rubber is very profitable and I’m making more now than when I went into cocoa farming”.
Rubber is a perennial plant grown traditionally as an important cash crop, which generates income as well as having a fundamental influence on the way of life for many rural people.
The price of rubber has generally increased due to world demand and the expansion of the world economy.
Major communities where the rubber plantation has taken over cocoa farming include Manso Amenfi, Wassa Dunkwa Yirase, Wassa Afransie, Anakom, Hiawa, Adaemanso, Anyinabirem, Kwaamang, Bonuama, Bawdie, Amuni, Nkakaa, Suroso Akyekyere, Pensanom, Bantama all in the Amenfi West, Amenfi Central and Amenfi East District of the Western Region, the leading region in cocoa production the Ghana.
By: Marcia Yeboah/pinkfmonlinegh.com