Ghana has set a new cocoa production record with 1.033 million tonnes of beans for the 2020/2021 season.
This comes six weeks before the 2020/2021 cocoa season gets to a close, which means that the figure can still go up before the harvest period ends.
The previous record was 1.024 million tonnes which were recorded in the 2010/2011 season.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo, announced this at a press conference in Accra yesterday.
Aside from announcing the new production figures, the press conference was also to introduce new electric weighing scales which have been procured by COCOBOD for the Licence Cocoa Buying Companies (LBCs).
He commended the hardworking cocoa farmers for the feat and said the achievement was also a result of the support of the government and the determination of the management and staff of COCOBOD.
“Thanks to all stakeholders in the industry, we have been able to achieve this,” he stated.
The chief executive also noted that the milestone was achieved due to the Productivity Enhancement Programme (PEP) which was introduced by the board.
Interventions under the PEP include rehabilitation of cocoa farms, mechanised pruning, fertiliser subsidy, mass spraying, artificial hand pollination, irrigation, distribution of cocoa seeds and continuous farmer education on good agronomic practices.
Through the PEP programme, Mr Aidoo said the cocoa extension service was extended to all the regions.
“We also provided high quality and high yielding cocoa seeds to the farmers.
“Our research institute in Tafo also stepped up their activities and the quality control unit also did very well,” he stated.
Mr Aidoo pointed out that looking at the trends, COCOBOD was confident that the prospects for the coming season would also be good.
He encouraged the farmers to continue to avail themselves of the various educational and sensitisation extended to them.
They should also continue implementing all the intervention programmes introduced by COCOBOD.
“If they do so, their farm productivity is going to change and they will continue to see improvements in their yields and better days will come,” the COCOBOD CEO stated.
Mr Aidoo said the achievement also placed a huge task and responsibility on COCOBOD to do better in coming seasons, assuring that “we want to sustain the achievements.”
Source: Graphic online