A farmer based organisation has been inaugurated at Kwamebikrom, a community predominant of cocoa farmers in the Bia District of the Western Region.
The FBO, the Nsamansu Cocoa Farmers Association, was inaugurated in pomp and pageantry, signifying the community’s pride and excitement at this feat and also creating a sense of belonging and belief that everything is achievable. The Nsamansu Cocoa Farmers Association formed under the European Union’s Cocoa Sector Support Programme (EU/CSSP) 2 project, with the support of Participatory Development Associates Ltd, started in May 2009 and has 90 members of which 38 are women and 52 men.At the inaugural ceremony, held at the community funeral grounds, Mr Nathaniel Davies, the project Activity Coordinator and the Assistant Business Development Coordinator at Participatory Development Associates (PDA), who also represented STCP noted “this is a refreshing time and it evokes a sense of fulfilment to see something I have been involved in its nurturing bear fruit”, adding that, “this inauguration is possible because of the effective, efficient and visionary leadership the association has.” Counting the achievements of the Association he noted that it was also the first Farmer Association that erected a sign post and printed a pass book in which member’s dues and other contributions are recorded.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the chief of Kwamebikrom, Nana Kwamebi III, Agriculture Extension Agents (AEA’s) from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), who have been involved in the implementation of the EU/CSSP 2, the District Facilitator who supervised the activities of the Farmer Associations in the district and some community members.
Other activities held to celebrate the inauguration included a route march, with brass band music, through the town to officially launch the association and a fund raising exercise that generated GH¢1,460 (a little over $1000) .