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Ghana, Ivory Coast set up joint committee to counter attacks on cocoa farmers

Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire have agreed to set up a joint committee to find a lasting solution to the security challenges facing cocoa farmers along the shared southern border between the two countries.
Irregular Ivorian para-military forces often attack Ghanaian cocoa farmers farming across the Tano River when they ferry their harvests inland.

Cocoa farmers say that the actions of these illegal Ivorian forces, which extort money from them or steal their cocoa beans, have fallen victim to them.

When Ghanaian officials hosted their Ivorian counterparts at a meeting at Half Assini in the Western Zone, an agreement to form a joint committee was reached.

The delegation from Ghana was led by Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), and was made up of COCOBOD officials, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Minister of the Western Region, members of the Regional Security Council, and border security agents.

The Ivorian Delegation consisted of Dr. Koffi N’goran, Deputy Director-General of Le Conseil Du Café-Cacao (CCC), Dr. Koffi N’goran, their General National Land Forces, and other members of various security agencies, as well as the Regional Minister for Agriculture.

The Joint Committee will be tasked to work on both sides of the border with all stakeholders to create an enduring solution to the problem that has been in the border

For decades the area.

In an interview, Joseph Boahene Aidoo, CEO of the Ghana Cocoa Board, said the farmers had been traumatized for decades, hence the need for this urgent meeting with their Ivorian counterparts.

He added that this is not a new issue, but “it has escalated late and for us, we see it as a national security issue in Ghana.” The Minister of National Security and the President have been made aware and major steps are being taken for the first time to stop illegal activities and give peace to farmers.

Dr Koffi N’goran, Deputy Director-General of Le Conseil Du Café-Cacao (CCC) for Ivory Coast, admitted that the Paramilitary Forces had been made aware of their operations.

Similar meetings with the powers were also recorded by several Ivorian farmers.
He then provided the promise that they would perform a comprehensive “clean-up” of the border and clamp down on the criminal groups in the short term.

Speaking on behalf of the farmers, the 2020 National Best Farmer Solomon Kwadwo Kusi commended the government’s timely intervention as well as the different stakeholders from both nations, sharing the hope that their many years of trauma would end. Meanwhile, frequent patrols on the Ghanaian side of the Tano River will also be undertaken by the Ghanaian Marine Police to monitor illegal activity.

Source: 3news

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