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NPP: Cocoa farmers are better off under Akufo-Addo than Mahama 

The director of communications for the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, says cocoa farmers are far better off under the Akufo-Addo government

The director of communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa, has arguedd emphatically that cocoa farmers are far better off under President Akufo-Addo than compared to the period of the John Mahama government.

According to Buaben Asamoa, the NPP has initiated policies which have improved the cocoa sector, unlike the Mahama government, which virtually plundered the sector.

“The NPP government has performed far better than the Mahama-led administration,” said the Adentan MP.

“The previous NDC government cannot credit itself with one single policy or intervention within the cocoa industry that was introduced by them.

“This is because most of the interventions in the cocoa industry were first initiated and implemented by either the Kufuor government or this present government,” said the Adentan MP, speaking at the Leadership Series press conference on Monday 5 October 2020.

“At best, what they could do was to maintain some of our policies,” Asamoah said.

Models of sacrifice

He added: “Farmers are far better off today than yesterday, and tomorrow looks even more promising. We are, however, constantly reminded of the immeasurable sacrifices and role our cocoa farmers play in the development of our country.

“Therefore, we shall continue to introduce and implement policies that will inure to the collective benefit of our farmers and to strengthen COCOBOD.”

Buaben Asamoa therefore called on cocoa farmers to vote en masse against Mahama because, he argued, he will disrupt the good work done in the sector and erode all the gains achieved under the Akufo-Addo government.

“Our warning to cocoa farmers, their dependants and all well-meaning Ghanaians is this: keep John Mahama’s hands away from your cocoa. He is the alternative, and when it comes to the welfare and well-being of the Ghanaian farmer, John Mahama is dangerous.

“He does not know how to manage the economy. He does not know how to help the cocoa industry. He has no clue what the needs of the farmers are. To him, cocoa is just an avenue for corruption, leaving the industry to suffer.”

Click on the link here to read the full statement of the NPP national communications director.

Wilberforce Asare/ Asaase Radio

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