Cocoa Service Division has the following responsibilities:
- Prepare suitable plan/maps and charts using GIS(Geographic information System) and other technology for decision making
- Design and manage an electronic database system on farmers’ ex-gratia compensation and farm rehabilitation cost
- Field data processing, training, monitoring and maintenance of GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment used in data capturing
The details of their activities are listed below:
- Survey all cocoa areas to identify cocoa swollen shoot virus disease outbreaks;
- Assist farmers to replant their treated farms with improved varieties which are early bearing, high yielding, and disease- tolerant;
- Generate data on the distribution of cocoa varieties and age classification of cocoa trees.
- Pay compensation to farmers whose farms have been treated, replanted and maintained.
- Provide assistance to farmers who are establishing new cocoa farms.
- Provide extension training and education to farmers on good agricultural practices (GAPs).
- Assist farmers to rehabilitate old and moribund cocoa farms, including removal of parasitic mistletoes.