Apart from COCOBOD Head Office, there are subsidiaries and divisions which are listed below :
Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG)
"CRIG will be a centre of excellence for developing sustainable, demand driven, commercially oriented, cost-effective, socially and environmentally acceptable technologies which will enable stakeholders to realize the overall vision of the cocoa industry and that of the other mandated crops (Coffee, Shea, Kola and Cashew)"
The Cocoa Research Institute (CRIG) of Ghana was established at Tafo (Akim Abuakwa) in June 1938 as the Central Cocoa Research Station of the Gold Coast Department of Agriculture on the recommendation of the Agricultural Adviser to the British Minister of State for the Colonies, Sir Frank Stockdale. At that time cocoa production in the Eastern Region, the cradle of the industry, was declining due to pests and disease outbreaks and the station was set up to investigate the problems and introduce control measures. A similar visit to Ghana and Nigeria by the Agricultural Adviser to the Colonial Office, Dr. H.A. Tempany, in 1943 led to the expansion of the station into the West African Cocoa Research Institute (WACRI) in 1944, with Mr. O.J. Voelcker as its first Director, and a sub-station at Ibadan, Nigeria.
After the attainment of independence by Ghana in 1957 and Nigeria in 1960, WACRI was dissolved, giving birth to the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) and the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN). In Ghana, CRIG was managed by the National Research Council, which later became the Ghana Academy of Sciences. On its dissolution, CRIG came under the administration of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 1968. From October 1973 CRIG was managed as a subsidiary of the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board (GCMB) until October 1976 when it was placed under the Ministry of Cocoa Affairs.
The Ministry was dissolved in July 1979 and subsequently placed under the management of the Ghana Cocoa Board. CRIG has 35 well trained professionals in various scientific disciplines and 175 technical staff. Accommodation for professionals and technical staff is provided on the Institute's estate which is served by its own water supply and health clinic.
Other research resources include:
- Laboratories, a library, records and a research tradition of over fifty years
- 3 sub-stations located at:
- Bunso - for cocoa, kola and coffee research activities
- Afosu - for coffee and cola research activities
- Bole - for sheanut and cashew research activities
- Three COCOBOD Plantation farms were transferred to CRIG to form part of the New Products Development Unit. The farms provide raw materials (beans and fresh cocoa pods) for by-product research and development.
Seed Production Division of Cocobod (SPD)
Seed Production Division(SPD) is a unit of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) was set up in January 2001 following the dissolution of the Cocoa Services Division as part of the re -organisation of the Agriculture Sector with the unification of Cocoa extension with the mainstream Department of Agricultural Extension Services(DAES) of the Ministry Of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) to produce and supply Cocoa Seed pods to farmers.
The Mission of SPD
The mission of the Seed Production Division is to multiply and distribute the best quality planting materials in the most efficient and cost effective manner in adequate quantities to farmers.
The main roles of SPD are:
- Maintain, improve and expand Seed Gardens at the Cocoa Stations.
- Multiply all newly developed Cocoa and Coffee varieties at the Stations through Clonal budding and establishment of special Wood Gardens.
- Undertake hand pollination of flowers in the Seed Gardens for production of Hybrid Cocoa Seed Pods.
- Raise Hybrid Cocoa Seedlings at the Stations and at the selected sites for distribution to farmers for the rehabilitation of old farms and the establishment of new ones.
- Provide Hybrid Cocoa Seedlings at designated nursery sites for distribution to Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED) for replanting of all swollen shoot treated farms.
- Produce and distribute to farmers Coffee clonal cutting materials from propagating centres at the Stations.
- Provide residential training and extension education for farmers on good agricultural practices.
- Undertake awareness and sensitization programmes on best labour practices for farmers.
The Cocoa Seed Gardens are the only source of the improved planting materials in the form of Pods and Seedlings. These are located in the Eastern, Western, Ashanti, Central, Brong Ahafo, and Volta Regions at the following locations:
- Eastern Region: Akwadum, Akoasi, Apedwa, Asamankese, Bieni, Bunso, Oyoko and Pankese.
- Ashanti Region: Akumadan, Fumso, Kwadaso, Jamasi, Juaso and Poano.
- Brong Ahafo Region: Bechem, Goaso, Sankore and Wamfie.
- Western Region: Achichire, Buako and Wassa Saamang.
- Volta Region: Akaa, Ampeyo and Saviefeh.
- Central Region: Assin Foso, Breman Asikuma and Breman Baako.
Special materials and methods are used in the Seed Garden to produce the Pods that are supplied to farmers. This ensures that the Pods produced have the same desirable qualities as the originally produced improved materials. Farmers are therefore advised to collect Pods from the approved sources only.
Cocoa Health and Extension Division
The Cocoa Health and Extension Division is responsible for the control of cocoa swollen shoot virus disease, rehabilitation of old and unproductive cocoa farms and extension services in Ghana.
The Mission of the Cocoa Health and Extension Division
To control the spread of cocoa swollen shoot virus and black pod diseases, assist farmers to re-plant their treated and died out farms with improved cocoa varieties in all cocoa growing areas of the country; pursue effective pests control and cocoa rehabilitation programmes as well as provide back-up extension services to meet the technical needs of cocoa farmers.
Activities of the Unit
Cocoa Health and Extension Division activities include sectoring and surveys in cocoa districts, treatment of infected farms, assisting farmers to replant treated farms with disease tolerant and improved hybrid varieties and conduct periodic re-inspection of treated and replanted farms to forestall re-infection of treated farms.
Activities under the Rehabilitation scheme involve cutting out old unproductive cocoa trees, replanting with improved hybrid varieties as well as reviving productive cocoa farms by assisting farmers to apply fertilizers, remove mistletoe and adopt best agronomic practices.
The Division also has the oversight responsibility and management of a new Cocoa Extension system which operates in the context of a Public Private Partnership. It provides an efficient and cost-effective system to cocoa farmers by assisting them to acquire knowledge and skills in good agricultural practices. Farmers are also trained in basic economics to orientate them to consider farming as a business venture which is impacting positively on farmer's productivity, income and livelihood.
Bunso Cocoa College is part of the Cocoa Health and Extension Division and serves as the training centre for Ghana Cocoa Board staff. The Cocoa College also host training programmes for other organization and institutions including NGOs. The College has excellent accommodation facilities to meet the demands of clients.
All enquiries could be directed to:
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
COCOA HEALTH AND EXTENSION DIVISION
P.O. BOX 3197
Quality Control Company
Quality Control Company (QCC) Limited is responsible for maintaining the quality of cocoa and other exportable crops such as coffee and sheanut. To achieve its objective of ensuring the maintenance of the high quality of the country's produce, various activities are carried out by the Division.
The Mission of Quality Control Company (QCC) Limited
The Mission of the Quality Control Company is to develop and provide systematic strategies and ensure the supply of best grade cocoa and other produce both on the local and international markets.
Vision of Quality Control Company (QCC) Limited
To become the leading experts in produce and products quality and disinfestations services in the West Africa sub region.
Activities of Quality Control Company (QCC) Limited
The International Cocoa Standards require cocoa of merchantable quality to be fermented, thoroughly dried, free from smoky beans, free from abnormal or foreign odour and free from any evidence of adulteration. It must be reasonably free from living insects, broken beans, fragments and pieces must be seasonably uniform in size.
Throughout the world the standard against which all cocoa is measured is that of Ghana's cocoa which has high content of theobromine, thus making it the best cocoa for high quality chocolates. Cocoa from Ghana continues to enjoy high premium on the World's Commodities Markets because of its unsurpassable high quality. The high quality cocoa beans, still continues as the preferred choice of all chocolate and beverage producers of high reputation and distinction. This status has been diligently maintained, over the years, through the effective quality control practices of the Quality Control Company (QCC) Limited of COCOBOD.
An infestation Control Department of the Ghana Cocoa Board originally existed as a private commercial enterprise, known as the Pest Destruction Company, which was contracted by the then Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) to disinfest its produce. In April, 1959 the Company was absorbed by the CMB as its Insect Control Unit. A Stored Products Entomology Unit was established in 1965 with a Stored Products expert Mr. John Rawnsley, as its head to undertake research into the activities of the Insect Control Unit. The two units were merged to form the Infestation Control Department (ICD) of the COCOBOD. In 1975 the ICD was transferred to merge with the Produce Inspection Division (PID) which had been absorbed by the COCOBOD from the Ministry of Agriculture three years earlier, since the functions of the two units had a common objective of ensuring the export of the best quality cocoa. The name PID was retained for the new Division. However, as a result of the incompatibility of the staff of the two units at the time, this first merger lasted only for four years, with the ICD reverting to the COCOBOD Head Office in late 1979.
Cocoa Marketing Company
The Cocoa Marketing Company (Ghana) Limited (CMC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ghana Cocoa Board and has the sole responsibility for the sale and export of Ghana cocoa beans. It also sells some of the cocoa products from the Cocoa Processing Companies in Ghana to overseas destinations. The Company had the same responsibility for coffee and sheanuts until 1991 when the internal and external marketing of the two commodities was privatised.
The main office of the CMC is in Accra. The company has a branch office in London which is fully organised to receive bids from buyers for transmission to Accra for decision. The respective addresses of the two offices are as follows:
Cocoa Marketing Company (Gh) Ltd
Post Office Box 1017 Room 302, Cocoa House, Accra, Ghana.
Tel: 233-302-668281/ 668352/ 668464.
Fax: 233-302- 665076/667058
5 Granard Business Centre Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, LondonNW7 2DQ,
Tel: (44)-208-906-4877. Fax: (44) 208-906-4095
Ghana Cocoa Marketing Company (UK) Ltd