Suaman DCE Furious Over Cocoa Smuggling to Cote D’Ivoire.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Suaman in the Western North Region, Hon. Philip Kwabena Boahen, has furiously called on cocoa farmers in the Suaman district to be consiously disciplined and refrain from smuggling the commodity of cocoa beans to neighboring Cote D’Ivoire.
According to him, the new price for the 2022 cocoa season has geared some cocoa farmers explaining the price as low, therefore in his opinion has gingered the farmers to smuggle their cocoa beans.
The DCE in his displeasure stated how exasperated he is over the act of the farmers that had ensued to the youth and people of Suaman.
Hon. Philip added that the government has putting in place adequate measures to abate unemployment through agricultural initiatives in the district, such as weeding gangs, plantain nursery projects, cocoa rehabilitation, amongst other job for the youth, but the smuggling situation will cease the agricultural benefits in the district.
He warned, “Anyone caught in the act of smuggling cocoa would be termed as economic saboteur and would be made to face the full rigour of the law”.
He made this known to Nyamekye Radio’s Appiah Kubi on “Ghana Maakye” show.
The District Chief Executive announced that there have been several appeal to the western north cocobod directorate but efforts to convince him were futile.
He therefore advised the Chiefs, opinion leaders, customs and immigration services living along the district’s borders to arrest and report in exigency to preclude the future exacerbation.