CRIG @ 80
Kuapa Kokoo, was one of the proud sponsors and a special guest at the event.
The Communication and Gender team organized a beautiful photo exhibition to inform the general public about our key activities:
- HealthCare Intervention
- Productivity Enhancement
- Ethical Labor Intervention.
- Gender Mainstreaming
- Environmental Sustainability.
The team took the opportunity to further inform visitors about Kuapa Kokoo’s achievements over the past twenty five (25) years.
The Gender group had some of their products displayed to the general public. The products included Shower Gel, Liquid Soap, Washing powder, Bar Shop, Parazone, Hair Food, Hair Shampoo, Local Rice etc. All of these products were the works of the Kuapa Kokoo Women group from some selected Kuapa communities.
Our booth attracted a lot of visitors (about 500 hundred people) including some special personalities such as the Chief of Tafo Osabarima Adusei Peasah and other Stakeholders. They were taken through the photo exhibits thus educating them about Kuapa Kokoo. Those who didn’t know of Kuapa Kokoo expressed interest in joining the cooperative after learning about us.
Kuapa Kokoo branded souvenirs such as Pens, Calendars, Leaflets, Folders, Mugs and T-Shirts were given to those who visited the booth.
The products displayed by the gender team were highly patronized by people at the events. Visitors were very impressed about the products and the extent to which the women farmers have been empowered with such skills.
At the forecourt, speeches were said by the distinguished personalities present.
The Executive Director of Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana Dr. Franklin Manu Amoah said in his speech that “it had not only generated innovative research outputs in the cocoa industry but can boast of a cocoa flavour laboratory, the first of its kind in Africa to improve on post-harvest activities of farmers to guarantee high quality cocoa in terms of flavour”.
It was said that – The Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), has made available 100,000 cocoa seedlings for distribution to 25 farmer groups in the Eastern Region to help boost cocoa production. Mr. Nelson Adubofour (Executive Secretary-KKFU) received a seedling on behalf of Kuapa Kokoo.
Added to that were 30,000 “emire” tree seedlings to provide shade and protect the young cocoa plants.
Mr. Eric Kwakye-Darfuor, the Regional Minister, said CRIG’s contribution to the growth of the cocoa industry had been enormous.
The Tafohene, Osabarima Adusei Peasah, in his speech also appealed to the government to do more to tackle bad cocoa roads.
The opening durbar which started at 10:00am lasted for approximately four (4) hours. On the whole, it was worth participating in the event and positive impression about Kuapa Kokoo was created on the minds of participants.