cocoa trees infested with swollen shoot disease in Eastern
By Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, Ghanadot
Accra, Aug 30, Ghanadot - Reports
reaching Ghanadot from the Eastern part of Ghana revealed
that over 9,673,424 cocoa trees have been infected with the
swollen shoot disease in the Eastern Region.
The Deputy Eastern Regional Manager of the Cocoa Swollen
Shoot Control Division, Mr. Francis Antwi Agyei has
announced over the weekend.
Mr Agyei said out of the figure, the Boadua District had
recorded 283,824 affected trees.
He explained that even though Boadua was located in the
Central Region, most of its farmlands were in the Eastern
Region. It is also a boundary town between the two regions.
Mr. Agyei stated that the Boadua farming community had
proved difficult in allow his outreach team to control the
virus, irrespective of compensation packages offered them.
“Being a virus, the only control measure is by the total
removal of the diseased and contact trees. This means the
trees are to be cut down”, he said.
According to him between November 2006 and August 2007, a
total of 147,980 diseased trees had been removed from 214
farms in the region. Out of the figure, 23,809 diseased
trees were removed from 18 farms in the Boadua district.
He was emphatic that cocoa abounds in the Brakwa area, and
noted that almost all the diseased trees recorded from the
Boadua district were from Brakwa farmlands.