Over 1,000 cocoa farmers at Onwe in the Ejisu Municipal Assembly of the Ashanti region have rejected government’s proposal to use farmlands in the area for a free zones industrial project.
The farmers at a dialogue with a delegation form the Trade Ministry last week slammed government and insisted that they will not accept any proposal or compensation to have their farms destroyed for the project.
According to the farmers, farming has been their activity and has been transferred from one generation to another hence they would want to also pass on the same activity to their generation.
Some who used unprintable words quizzed why a government that claims to be committed to improving agriculture in the country, is planning to destroy cocoa farms and use the lands for a project.
‘’I have been farming since I was young. I am now 86 years and invested all I had for my cocoa farm. I have also planned to give the farm to my children and their children and so I will not agree for government to destroy my farm and use it for a free zones project,’’ a female farmer said.
Another said: ‘’we will not agree because cocoa is Ghana and Ghana is cocoa. If government insists on destroying our farms for the project then we will also show them in 2020. We will not vote in 2020. We are waiting for them. They should come and destroy our farms and see what will happen.’’