FORMATION OF THE GAMBIA NO.2 AND ONYINASE COOPERATIVE COCOA FARMERS AND MARKETING UNION LTD.

On the 3rd of November 2020, the Ghana Cooperative Council (GCC)  and Department of Cooperatives (DOC)met with 12 cocoa farmers societies in Gambia No.2 of the Asutifi North district in the Ahafo region under the organization of the Agric extension officer of the area, Mr. shadrack Marfo.

Meeting about 90 members including the executives of these 12 societies, the motive was to educate them on the need and importance of coming together to form a cooperative cocoa famers and marketing union in the town. Present at the meeting were the Regional Director of the DOC; the Municipal Director of the DOC; the Regional Development officer of the GCC and the Depot Officer of the Eliho/Touton SA Ghana Ltd. They were in the persons of Mr. Degraft P. Donkor, Mr. Eric Agyemang, Mr. Patrick Danyoh and Mr. Joseph Boateng respectively. Addressing the various societies’ members, issues tacked included the benefits of forming union cooperatives: for easy accessibility of government and NGOs support such as fertilizer, agro-chemicals, support for one another, building strong unity and strengthen membership participation, and encouraging economic participation in other ventures (Additional livelihood). Members were further encouraged to frequently attend meetings.

The Eliho/Touton SA Ghana Ltd representative explained the benefits of doing direct business with their company as a society and union. He stated that the members were to benefit from the constant yearly payment of premium to the individual members of each society, training of the elected Purchasing clerks (PC) appointed by the societies themselves, provision of the electronic scales for each PC which cant be tempered with it as well enough funding to buy cocoa from members. Again, they pledged to help provide special support including providing office for the union or other support which might arise.

Concluding the meeting it was agreed that the union will be formed in the next meeting which was slated for 24/11/2020. It was also agreed that the executives of each society were to be present for the election of the union board members on the said date. Also, the members agreed that the newly formed union will be working with Eliho/Touton SA Ghana Ltd in buying their cocoa products.
societies present were;
1. Onyame akwan cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
2. Kitiwesie akor kan Cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
3. Gambia 2A cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
4. Gambia 2B cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
5.  Diasempa 2 cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
6. Gye Nyame Cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
7. Kaamebre Cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
8. Nkosoa cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
9. Nyameb3kye cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
10.Emmanuel cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
11. Brenyekwa cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
12. Nokwaedie cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited

Furthermore, on November 13, 2020, similar meeting was held in the Onyinase township of the Asutifi district with the same motive of forming a union. Present were 14 societies executives including some members amounting to about 70 people. After they were educated on the needs and benefits for a union to be formed, they willingly agreed to come together. Therefore, 27th November 2020 was settled on for the election the board members and inaugurating of the Onyinase cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing union limited. Societies present included;

  • Alhaji krom cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Asirifi cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Agrave cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Onyinase 1 cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Krakyekrom cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Kwabenafo Cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Pobikrom cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Kwadwo Nkrumah cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Yaabene Agya cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Domeabra Emmanuel Women Cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society
    limited
  • Biaso- Kasapin Cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Onyinase 2 cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited
  • Onyinase Domeabra Yaabene Agya Cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society
    limited
  • Onyinase Emmanuel Cooperative cocoa farmers and Marketing society limited

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