Kuapa Kokoo Pays out Incentives to members

Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union has distributed cash bonuses and other incentives to its members for the 2011-2012 main crop cocoa season.This is in accordance with the decision of the Annual Delegates Conference which was held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on the 31st Of August 2012 to ratify resolutions of the Union.

Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union has distributed cash bonuses and other incentives to its members for the 2011-2012 main crop cocoa season.

This is in accordance with the decision of the Annual Delegates Conference which was held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on the 31st Of August 2012 to ratify resolutions of the Union.

The Union paid paid one million two hundred and forty thousand and sixty Ghana cedis (GHC 1,240,060.00) to its members for the cocoa they delivered for 2011/12 main crop season. Also members that delivered more than a single bag of cocoa will get a cutlass to go with the bonus.

Members of Kuapa Kokoo and their communities enjoy several other benefits from the Union. During the year the Union funded several other projects to improve the lives of its members and to strengthen itself in the highly competitive cocoa purchasing business.

The Union recruited twenty-eight (28) Internal Control Assistants to beef-up the Internal Control Unit to provide extension services to members.

Four (4) more staff members were recruited for the child labour unit to enhance the work of the unit to reduce the risk of children doing hazardous activities on cocoa farms. Twenty (20) more communities were brought onto the Kuapa Kokoo/ILO child labour partnership programme (ECOWAS II).

It continued to strengthen its business by funding the construction of three storage warehouses at Goaso, Sefwi Bekwai and Juaso to provide safe and ample space for cocoa evacuations from communities in the district.

In addition to the several social projects the Union constructed a three (3) classroom block and a teachers' bungalow at Anakum, a community in the Manso Amenfi District of the Western Region. The school will serve Anakum and several other communities nearby where children travel long distances before they can access school facilities. The Union also Constructed Five (5) boreholes to provide potable drinking water to five communities.

Further to the alternative livelihood programme, it purchased Oil extraction machines and corn mills to several communities. This helps our members to sustain themselves and their families during the lean season.

Kuapa Kokoo continued to provide mobile health services to seventeen districts serving more than two hundred societies in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Western regions. Medical personnel were dispatched to the societies to attend to the medical needs of the farmers, their relatives and other members in the community, a lot of which lack such level of medical access and care.

The Union continued to provide agro chemical input on credit to members through its credit union, the Kuapa Kokoo Credit Union (KKCU) and its partner CNFA. The Input credit Scheme by KKCU provides various types of certified agro chemicals and training to members. This ensures that only approved chemicals are used and members can pay after they have enjoyed good harvest.

Kuapa Kokoo is a unique business model. It has since its establishment in 1993 showed the world how small-holder farmers can put their efforts together to strengthen themselves socio-economically and improve their general standard of living