Sunyani, Ghana – The Brong-Ahafo Regional Administrator of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Mr. Michael P.K Asumanu, has affirmed the organization's dedication to annually recreate the cocoa village concept as part of its efforts to foster cocoa farming education, especially among the youth.
The cocoa village concept is designed to offer an immersive experience, allowing individuals, particularly urban dwellers, to acquaint themselves with cocoa farming activities and processes.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani, Mr Asumanu emphasized the importance of bridging the knowledge gap about cocoa farming, stating, “Many individuals are unaware of what a typical cocoa farm looks like and how cocoa beans are harvested and dried.”
As a highlight of its year-end activities in 2023, the COCOBOD Regional Office created a cocoa village at a section of its car park in front of the regional office building. This unique setup remained open to the public for five days, drawing in passersby, staff, and tenants to engage in and learn about cocoa farming.
Mr. Asumanu elaborated on the meticulous details incorporated into the cocoa village setup, including the use of natural cocoa leaves, dried cocoa beans displayed in the sun, pineapples, plantains, huts, and wood to construct the village.
The goal was to provide a realistic representation of a cocoa farm within an urban setting.
To enhance the vibrancy of the village, COCOBOD included various elements such as traditional local dishes like boiled yam and plantain (ampesi) with stew, served alongside palm wine in the village hut.
Recreational activities, including card games, ludo, draught, and ‘oware,' were organized to offer entertainment and engagement for visitors.
Reflecting on the patronage of the cocoa village concept, Mr Asumanu expressed satisfaction with its popularity, noting that passersby were irresistibly drawn to the village. Visitors eagerly embraced the opportunity to capture picturesque moments, while COCOBOD staff and tenants displayed genuine interest and admiration for the initiative.
Beyond its educational impact on the public, Mr Asumanu highlighted that the cocoa village concept also provided an invaluable opportunity for COCOBOD staff from various departments, including administration, human resources, accounting, and auditing, to gain insights into the inner workings of a typical cocoa farm.
Lisa Acquah, a Senior High School graduate, expressed her appreciation for COCOBOD's initiative, stating that she felt privileged to witness real cocoa beans for the first time and experience the authentic atmosphere of a cocoa farm village.