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Cocoa yields could hit 800,000 metric tonnes this year if… says COCOBOD CEO

Ghana has recently been grappling with lower cocoa yields due to several factors such as El Nino, a severe global climate phenomenon

The chief executive officer of the Ghana COCOBOD, Joseph Boahen Aidoo is projecting the country could produce over 800,000 metric tonnes this year despite the recent challenges due to the poor weather pattern.

Ghana has recently been grappling with lower yields due to several factors such as El Nino, a severe global climate phenomenon.

Conservative figures put yields at an average of 500,000 metric tonnes in the last couple of years which is far lower than expected to generate the required for the state and to boost producer prices for farmers.

However, speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (18 June), Boahen said the country’s current weather pattern and new interventions will make it possible to realise the target.

“I can say that we can make 800 metric tonnes if the farmers follow all the interventions at play, we may even make another record,” he said.

Listen to Joseph Boahen Aidoo in the attached audio clip below:

 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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