The Ghana COCOBOD will no longer approve applications for scholarships for children whose parents are not cocoa farmers, Mr Isaac Osei, Chief Executive of COCOBOD has announced.
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Addressing about 500 cocoa farmers in the Twifo-Heman-Lower-Denkyira district in the central region at Twifo Praso to round off a day’s working visit to cocoa farmers in the district, he said the scheme was for children of cocoa farmers and would not entertain applications from any other quarters.
He commended the District for producing high quality cocoa beans and appealed to the farmers not to allow cocoa clerks to buy their cocoa beans on credit.
The Chief Executive warned that any clerk caught cheating cocoa farmers would be made to face the full rigours of the law.
On child labour, Mr Osei said the best legacy parents could bequeath to their children was education and appealed to cocoa farmers to ensure that they gave quality education to their children.
Mr Osei assured the youth of his outfit’s preparedness to support those who wished to go into cocoa production.
Mr Patrick Smith-Assan, an official of the Bank of Ghana, took the farmers through the re-denomination of the cedi conversion and appealed to them to report to the police middlemen who might pose as officials of the bank to change their money for them.