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COCOBOD Partners Ghana Cocoa Platform to Organize Consultation Session with Cocoa Farmers

 

Accra, September 29, 2014 –The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) in partnership with Ghana Cocoa Platform (GCP) has organized consultation sessions with cocoa farmers across the seven cocoa growing regions in the country to solicit for their views and commitments towards sustainable cocoa production. The regional consultation which is the first of its kind since the Platform came into operation last year was under the sponsorship of the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) Green Commodities and World Cocoa Foundation.

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COCOBOD strives for Ghana being number one cocoa producer



Dr Francis Oppong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, has urged stakeholders in the cocoa industry to ensure that Ghana regains the top spot as the leading cocoa producer in the world.

He said from 1910 and 1977, Ghana was the world’s leading cocoa producer but lost that position to neighboring La Cote dIvoire due to the many challenges which plagued the industry.

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Cocoa Sector Under Siege



The cocoa growing sector is under siege following activities of illegal miners, particularly in the Ashanti, Western, Central and the Brong-Ahafo regions.

Statistics from the Research Unit of the COCOBOD indicate that between 1.5 and 1.7 hectares of farmlands have been destroyed due to illegal mining.

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Vice President Kwesi Armissah-Arthur opens first Ghana Cocoa Festival



Vice President Kwesi Armissah-Arthur has assured stakeholders in the cocoa industry of increased Government support for it to reclaim its place of importance in the Ghanaian economy.

Apart from other existing progammes, he stressed the importance of the consumption of cocoa and its derivatives to enhance the crop’s usage and create an expanded market to benefit the economy.

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Ghana Cocoa Platform to coordinate certification programmes



The Ghana Cocoa Platform would be looking at the effective coordination of cocoa certification programmes, as it begins work to find solutions to challenges impeding cocoa production.

The initiative of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is aimed at enhancing public-private dialogue and joint action planning to help scale up sustainable cocoa production. “If the one million metric tonne target is not being achieved, why is it not being achieved? What can stakeholders do in order to get to that level?” quizzed Rita Owusu Amankwah, National Coordinator of Ghana Cocoa Platform.

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