The programme began with visits to some cocoa farms and nursery sites by key dignitaries, but unfortunately, this was done in the absence of the MCE and the representatives of the MP for Mfantseman. The opening prayer was said by Pastor E. K Turkson, and thereafter was the introduction of the chairperson, Nana Antwi Bosiako, the sub-chief of the Abeadze-Dominase. He was glad this great initiative was happening in his community and prays the goal and vision of the initiative be achieved by the collective support and sacrifices to promote the activities of the cocoa farmers.
Nana Antwi Boasiaku welcomed the MP, MCE, District and Regional COCOBOD officers and all the dignitaries. He expressed happiness with the role being given him as the chairperson for this august occasion and pleaded for maximum support from the audience to make the programme successful.
The Member of Parliament had already engaged with the team and other representatives from the cocoa board, community leaders, and some leaders from various Dominase cocoa growers. As a sign of goodwill, she donated an amount of GHC 2,000.00 as part of the seed money for the fundraising towards establishing the Mfansteman Co-operative cocoa farming and marketing union limited. This gesture was warmly received by the audience.
In a state of mixed feelings, he expressed his satisfaction with the opportunity of an association to promote and advance the interest of the cocoa farmers. Institutions of state he believes would be tempted to support a unified body other than a divided front, so he believes this co-operative would be an avenue for government intervention and policies directed through the Ghana cocoa board to promote the cocoa production in the central region, he said. In his presentation, the MCE told the dignitaries that this could be an avenue to expand cocoa production and elevate the status of the region to the largest producer of quality cocoa seeds in the country. He expressed his excitement with this programme geared towards empowering our cocoa growers to attract the needed attention they deserve.
He added that before he became the Regional Chief Farmer, Central Region was producing forty-five thousand metric tonnes of cocoa, but now with the help of God and the arrangement of the Ghana cocoa board now, Central Region is placed 4th in Ghana with regards to cocoa production.
This section was geared towards raising some seed money for the union as start-up capital for its activities. The audience did well to contribute their quota to support the union.