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12-07-2018
GHANA COCOA PLATFORM TO INCREASE COCOA PRODUCTION

Mr. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) says as part of the drive to increase production to the targeted one million tonnes, COCOBOD has introduced various interventions, including hand pollination, mass pruning and CODAPEC-HITECH among others.

He mentioned that the pollination, combined with fertilizer application and the cocoa farms irrigation project is likely to restore cocoa production, adding that, through artificial pollination, per hectare yield of the crop could hit two tonnes from the current average of 450 kilograms.

The COCOBOD Chief Executive was speaking at a validation workshop aimed at soliciting ideas from sector stakeholders towards the reintroduction of the Ghana Cocoa Platform.

Mr. Aidoo indicated that, although the world cocoa market price has not been stable for some time, COCOBOD has put in place measures to ensure that remunerative farm-gate prices are paid to farmers in an effort to motivate them, improve their livelihoods and sustain production.

He further stated that the move will help curb the menace of illegal small-scale mining and other issues currently confronting the cocoa sector.

On the reintroduction of the Cocoa Platform, Mr. Aidoo explained that the Ghana Cocoa Platform is back to co-ordinate efforts of stakeholders and urged promoters to place the cocoa farmer at the forefront of the industry.

Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Vincent Akomeah also explained that the platform will particularly take the views of all stakeholders especially farmers.

He pointed out that the platform will be led by COCOBOD with identifiable members, facilitation and organization support to set up and run the platform.

“The Chairman of the platform will be the Chief Executive of COCOBOD. This is highly advantageous as it brings a high level of government ownership to the platform”, he said.

On his part, the President of the World Cocoa Foundation, Mr. Richard Scobey stated that consistent growth of Ghana’s cocoa sector has attracted massive foreign investments.

"We are very impressed with the quality and sustainability of the cocoa produced in Ghana. The WCF and our partners are very committed to partnering with COCOBOD and the farmers of Ghana on key sustainability issues.

The workshop, which was sponsored by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) brought together various actors in the cocoa value chain, including cocoa fertilizer suppliers, farmers, agronomists, exporters, buyers among others.