Cocoa farmers at Otsenkorang in the Agona West Municipality in the Central region have clashed with staff of an oil plantation company for destroying their cocoa trees to replace them with palm trees.
Reports by Adom News reporter, Kofi Adjei suggested that the destruction of the cocoa farms was to pave way for the building of an oil plantation company under government’s One-District-One-Factory (1D1F) initiative.
Speaking in an interview with Adom News, the assemblyman for the area, Paul Akyerew explained they were not informed about the company’s presence in the town.
“They came to the town on Monday and started the destruction with their bulldozers on Wednesday and upon confrontation, I was told it was a ‘1D1F’ company, but my checks at the assembly revealed otherwise,” he said.
Several attempts by the cocoa farmers to stop the destruction of their cocoa farms proved futile due to the presence of heavily armed policemen hired from Swedru and Nyakrom by the company to the site.