Dear Editor – The current non- improvement and dysfunctioning of Commodities Export Marketing Authority (CEMA) today has made this important statutory organization a sleeping giant despite the fact that coconut and cocoa famers are desperately crying in agony for market outlets with the common agricultural commodities that dominate export and occupied the 90% of rural areas in the provinces nationwide.
Commodities Export Marketing Authority is one of the statutory organizations established by the government to mandate the welfare of market service deliverance for agricultural commodities of copra and cocoa in the nation.
Under the previous executive board and management, CEMA has formulated a sound policy which promoted market net work service nationwide through the establishments of buying centers and points with shipping services assisting in transportation from the remote areas in all provinces.
The impacts of that policy extremely have motivated the participations of our farmers. During those times CEMA has been working in partnership with the Agriculture extension officers distributing materials and helped design and construct copra and cocoa driers with farmers. That was a very constructive policy that assisted 90% of the local farmers.
The current CEMA executive board and management should creatively see this potential area as factors consider and revive the body. The CEMA executive and management must uphold the important duties CEMA plays which can help encourage farmers.
At the moment, if I may ask, what really is CEMA doing now? They need to come out actively and work with farmers.
Jacob Ofasia Savaleni