Cocoa farmers have been urged to strictly adhere to safety practices, especially in the utilization of agrochemicals in their farms.
They ought to likewise attempt to diminish the commitment of children to help lessen child labour in cocoa creation while advancing respectable work and security in the cocoa store network.
Mr Andrews Addoquaye Tagoe, Deputy General Secretary of the General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) of Trades Union Congress (TUC), settled on the decision at a sensitization workshop on the advancement of good work in cocoa supply chain for some cocoa farmer groups at Dwease in the Asante Akim Central Municipality.
It was coordinated by GAWU as a component of FNV Mondiaal and worldwide march against child labour task to construct capacities of cocoa farmers in pay producing ventures to help eliminate destitution and furthermore help make farmer cooperatives in cocoa-developing networks.
Mr Tagoe, who is also the Regional Representative for Anglophone Africa on the Board for Global march against Child labour, mentioned Awukukrom, Beposo, Adukrom, Kramokrom, Dwease and Kwamemensah as some of the communities benefiting from the project in the district.
Among the issues discussed at the workshop were basic education in child labour, occupational safety and health, precautionary measures and the right use of agro-chemicals in cocoa production.
Cocoa farmer cooperatives were also formed and introduced to Cocobod Extension Officers, who advise the cocoa farmers on healthy cocoa production practices to enhance yields and improve their incomes while promoting safety and elimination of child labour.
Mr Tagoe said GAWU was seeking to extend its activities and to work closely with cocoa multinational companies to develop strategies that focused on the country’s national plan of action on child labour.
Additionally, GAWU was working with cocoa-growing communities to achieve targets spelt out in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) goal eight (8), which focused on decent work.
Mr Isaac Akwasi Donkor, Nkawkaw Cocoa Sector Manager of OLAM – Ghana, said the organization was supporting cocoa ranchers to develop their ways of life.
A portion of the farmers approached the public authority to authorize guideline on the offer of agro-synthetic compounds utilized in splashing cocoa homesteads to decrease their negative effect on farmers wellbeing.