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The New Vice President of Barry Callebaut in charge of Cocoa in Africa, Mr Bertrand Remy has called on the Chief Executive of Ghana Cocoa Board, Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo to officially introduce himself upon assuming duty.
At a short meeting at the Cocoa House,Accra, to officially welcome him (Mr Remy) to the Ghanaian cocoa sector, Hon. Aidoo commended Barry Callebaut for the continued support and partnership in sustaining the cocoa sector as well as improving the livelihoods of farmers.
He used the opportunity to further request for partnership in the form of sponsorship to help finance the implementation of various flagship programmes rolled out by COCOBOD to sustain the sector.
Hon. Aidoo disclosed that COCOBOD has rolled out the Cocoa Management System (CMS) to capture comprehensive data on cocoa farmers with respect to the location of their farms, the number of children, farm size, including the physical conditions of farmers, this he believes will nib-in-the bud, all misconceptions about the industry ensuring transparency and requested for their partnership in terms of sponsorship in its implementation.
Hon Aidoo hinted further that, in order to sustain the cocoa production record of 1.040.00 million metric tonnes and its premium quality, cocoa farmers are encouraged to adopt the vertical cocoa cultivation system where a particular piece of land could be used to cultivate more cocoa for optimal yield to feed the world market while maintaining its premium quality.
“The cost implication in achieving this dream is quite enormous and I urge your outfit to support us in this endeavor”. He said.
On his part, Mr. Bertrand Remy commended COCOBOD for the introduction of good policies and programmes at ensuring the sustainability of the cocoa sector and pledged his outfit support to partner COCOBOD to further sustain the sector.
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