Cocoa Farmers at Ejisu Protest Over Sale of Their Farmlands
| Updated Sep 01, 2017 at 2:43pm
Hundreds of cocoa farmers in some communities in the Ejisu traditional area today went on a street protest against what they claim is an attempt by the Paramount Chief of Ejisu, Nana Afrane Okese to sell their farmlands to private developers and the Ghana Free Zones.
The aggrieved farmers first converged at Onwe, one of the communities, at about 8am from where they marched to another community, Abenase, amidst chanting of war songs while some of the demonstrators held aloft placards with inscription communicating their concerns under police guard.
According to the farmers, about five thousand hectares of cocoa and food crops are likely to be lost through the sale of the lands with nearly one thousand farmers about to lose their sources of livelihood as a result.
In reaction, the Linguist of the Ejisumanhene, Okyeame Kwadwo Ampofo, said the Chief, as the owner of the lands within the traditional area, reserves the right to release the lands for development purposes saying that the lands in question have long been leased to the Ghana Free Zones.
However, the aggrieved farmers have vowed to resist any attempt to deprive them of the lands which have for many years been their main means of livelihood.