Hyewohoden Cocoa Farmers Association, a leading cocoa suppliers association in Kwahu (Eastern Region), has threatened to quit producing and selling cocoa to Government's buying agency, the Cocoa Produce Buying Company (PBC).
Explaining the rationale for the group's threat, the secretary of the association, Mr. S.E Oppong told yen.com.gh in an interview that, the local PBC and the District Officers have deliberately tempered with the cocoa scale which makes the farmers loose about 7 kilo on every 650 kilo bag they bring to the center.
Mr. Oppong added that, several complains have been made to the District Officer, but nothing had been done about it. The Hyewohoden Cocoa Farmers Association is therefore calling on the government and the national security to intervene in the matter, for an investigation to be carried out to put things in order, or the association would advise itself on what to do.
"We have no delight working with the PBC anymore, since the District Officer has kept mute over our cry. We have nobody to fight on our behalf, and that, we cannot be cheated always. So we will stop doing business with PBC and find a private company to work with".
Meanwhile, the District Officer of PBC in the region, Mr. Kwapong has debunked the group's allegations. According to him, the PBC scale for measuring cocoa is occasionally checked by the Ghana Standards Authority, and they have never been charged by the body for tempering with their scales.
Story by: Eric Donaldson Boakye - Yiadom, KUMASI.