5000 HECTARES OF COCOA TO BE DESTROYED AT EJISU MUNICIPALITY…FARMERS GO WILD
The New Trust Newspaper has gathered that, tension is currently brewing at Onwe as well as other cocoa farming communities in the Ejisu Municipality of the Ashanti region, following the recent land litigation between government and the affected cocoa farmers. Alleged delegation from the Ministry of Trade and Industry led by Hon.Akwasi Osei Adjei, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the area who doubles as a former Foreign Affairs Minister under former President John Agyekum Kufour’s regimeand a native of Onwe, Dr. Aboagye Danso,Edward Appiah Dwomoh and Patrick Osei Bonsu all from the Ministry sent to mediate the matter met a serious resistance and hooting by the angry farmers during a meeting at Onwe community centre.
This paper gathered that, the residents predominately cocoa farmers who will apparently be affected by some Chiefs avowed decision to sell out their cocoa farms estimated at 5000 hectares to Free Zone Bond refused to listen to the delegation.
The angry Cocoa farmers, who had in the previous press conferences served notice to resist any attempt by some Chiefs in the area with connivance with Free Zone Board to deprive themof livelihood, were dressed in red and black attires to demonstrate their displeasure to the delegation and those who sent them.
Hon.Akwasi Osei Adjei is said to have been compelled by the circumstance to disassociate himself from the mediation process since he has a hard won reputation to protect.”I have disassociated myself from this land issue, from today onwards count me out of this issue”.
The furious Cocoa farmers therefore entreated the delegation to go and tell Hon.Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen,the Minister of Trade and Industry to go and destroy his hometown cocoa farms and establish the so call factory there.”Alan Kyerematen should go and cut down the cocoa trees at his hometown and establish the project over there.We are not ready for the bogus project and we will fight to retain our cocoa farms”,they asserted. They have also called on the President Nana Akufo-Addo to personally intervene to ensure that, they don’t lose their cocoa farms with the claim of establishing Kumasi Industrial Project else the government will regret the decision to destroyed their cocoa farms.