This was announced at a durbar organized for over 1000 cocoa farmers at Mumuni, near Samreboi in the Amenfi West District of the Western Region.
Olam Ghana says 2015’s amount represents more than a hundred percent increase over the total premium of Gh₡1.9 million paid to farmers last year, and about 12,000 farmers across the country benefited from it, with each receiving a bonus of GHC15 per bag of cocoa sold to the company.
The premiums, popularly known as bonuses, are paid to deserving farmers for selling certified cocoa beans to the company, based on premium grading by cocoa buyers on the international market.
General Manager of Olam’s cocoa Licensed Buying Company (LBC) business, Mr. Eric Asare Botwe, applauded the farmers for a good job done in the previous crop season, and urged them to improve on the quantity and quality of produce by adopting improved farming techniques and practices.
Mr. Botwe added that Olam, on their part are committed to putting in place the right measures to ensure an increase in production of premium cocoa, whilst it works to improve the quality of life of all farmers within Olam’s operational areas.
SOURCE: Emmanuel Quist