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Govt Ready To Roll Out Cocoa Farmers Pension Scheme – Akufo-Addo

Source The Ghana Report

The government has announced plans to roll out the cocoa farmers’ pension fund.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, launched a pension scheme for the country’s 1.5 million cocoa farmers.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the pension scheme will enable cocoa farmers to make voluntary contributions towards their retirement, whilst COCOBOD makes a supplementary contribution on behalf of the farmers.

This, he explained, “guarantees a decent retirement income for cocoa farmers for life and ensures that they can maintain decent livelihoods after retirement.”

At the 38th National Farmers’ Day celebration on Friday, the President said, “I am happy to announce again that the CMS is ready, setting in motion the processes for rolling out the much-anticipated cocoa farmers’ pension scheme.”

According to him, the mandatory scheme will come into full force in the current 2022/2023 crop season.

He said the scheme would provide decent pensions for cocoa farmers after a minimum of five years’ contribution.

To ensure the successful rollout of the scheme, the President said that the government had begun the implementation of the Cocoa Management System (CMS) to help establish a credible database on Ghana’s cocoa farmers.

“The integrated cocoa farm database, which includes a census of all cocoa farmers in Ghana as well as mapping of all farms, will ensure for the first time the availability of correct, accurate information on land size, geographic locations, populations, and records of cocoa farmers and farms in Ghan”,” he said.

He urged Ghanaians to support the government to halt the menace of illegal mining as it affects cocoa farms.”

“Fellow Ghanaians, the sustainability of the cocoa sector is contingent on how effectively we are able to fight the devastating effect of the illegal mining menace (galamsey),” he said.

“All of us, farmers and citizens, have a collective responsibility to bring this environmental canker to a halt if we do not want to ruin the inheritance our forefathers bequeathed us,” he added.

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