Cocoa Farmers in the Western Region are accusing local Buying companies of short-changing them when they purchase their cocoa.
According to the farmers, the Local buying companies (LBCs) use adjusted scales that make them receive about 70 kilograms, instead of the standard 64 kilograms they pay for.
The Ghana Cocoa Board, in its bid to protect the farmers introduced the 64kilo weighing stones that will be used as a benchmark.
Chairman of the Jomoro District Cocoa Farmers Association, Paul Kudjoe, told Citi Business News, the LBCs have blatantly refused to comply with the new system.
He stated that "in almost one year the LBCs haven't started using the weighing stones. The scales are still adjusted. They don't want to use it. Instead of 64kilos they weigh it 70kilos, which is too much. With this, the bag gets completely full and even one person cannot carry it off the scale." Citifmonline.com