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Jun 1, 2011

COCOBOD sets new production record

Ghana’s cocoa production at the end of the main 2010/11 crop season provisionally stands at 903,646 metric tons; the highest since the country registered its name on the international market as a producer of cocoa, according to the Ghana Cocoa Board, (COCOBOD).

“The record production has been the result of concerted efforts by government, farmers, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and major players in the industry through the adherence to good agronomic methods, modern farming practices, payment of remunerative prices for farmers’ produce, development of hybrid cocoa seedlings, application of fertilizers, disease and pests control and scientific research,” a statement issued by COCOBOD asserted.

It said since 1999, governments through COCOBOD, put in place pragmatic measures to ensure that Ghana maintains the quality of its beans for which it is noted worldwide, sustain and also increase cocoa production. “Today, we can boast of a record production and hope to reach the one million targets by 2012/2013.

“We take this opportunity to congratulate our hardworking cocoa farmers, Licensed Buying Companies (LBCs), hauliers, chemical and processing companies, the national anti-smuggling taskforce, COCOBOD, its divisions and subsidiaries and all our stakeholders for the relentless efforts that have propelled us to the attainment of the record level of cocoa production.

“As we prepare to start the light crop season for 2010/2011, we encourage all our stakeholders to continue to work strenuously to enable us achieve an all time record of one million tons by 2012/2013 crop year,” the statement urged.

Source:  AA