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Title: An assessment of risk factors in the cocoa “Hi-Tech” and “Codapec” programmes Of Ghana cocoa board
Authors: Oteng, Okae Kissiedu
Owusu-Manu, De-Graft
Keywords: Cocoa Diseases and Pest Control (CODAPEC)
Mass Spraying
Risk factors
Issue Date: 17-Jun-2021
Abstract: The government of Ghana, through the agency of Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) pumps monumental resources into the Mass Spraying (CODAPEC) and Hi-Tech programmes in order to reduce the drastic loss of cocoa farm produce through fungal and insect pest attack. Like any other project or programme, risk components are inherent at any stage and has a heavy impact on the intended deliverables. The programme has operated for many years but cocoa farm yields still undulate and sometimes take very low dips. This descriptive research survey was therefore carried out to identify the risk factors that exist within the management procedures and processes from the perspective of the cocoa farmers. Primary data was sourced from field survey through the administration of well-structured questionnaires and the results were analysed using descriptive statistics. Enchi District was purposively selected and 331 questionnaires administered in seven different communities. A total of 93 percent and 85.7 percent of cocoa farmers indicated that late arrival of CODAPEC and Hi-Tech inputs respectively were the major risks threatening the success of the programme. Also 87.9 percent and 82 percent of the cocoa farmers indicated that good training skills and right application of inputs were the major opportunities of the programme. Other important threat factors identified were ageing cocoa farmers and high illiteracy rates which hinder farmers to adopt to innovations. Farmers indicated that the CODAPEC and Hi-Tech inputs have been able to increase their yield irrespective of the risk factors. A total of 64 percent was recorded for Hi-Tech and 76.2 percent for CODAPEC. In order to increase farmers’ confidence in the programmes and boost their yields, it is recommended that these governmental policies are formulated to mitigate these risks
Description: A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfillment for the requirement for the Degree of Master of Science. June, 2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13970
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