Ghana fails to meet cocoa production target

Ghana failed to achieve its target to overtake Cote d’Ivoire as the leading cocoa producer in West Africa.

The national cocoa output for the year under review 2015 was 740, 254 tonnes.

This, represents 17.5% decrease from the previous year’s output of 896,917 tonnes.

At the 15th Annual General Meeting of the Produce Buying Company in Accra, the Board Chairman, Captain Adunkwah Butah, said the cocoa sector continues to face numerous challenges and stress the need to urgently address them.

Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana cultivate almost exactly the same land area for cocoa production – 1.7 million hectares. Yet in the just ending cocoa crop year 2014/2015, total production of cocoa in Cote d’Ivoire amounted to over 1.6 million metric tonnes while Ghana could barely manage 700,000 metric tonnes – less than half. The huge difference in production sums up the tragedy which has befallen the management of the cocoa industry in Ghana.

Instead of building upon the peak  of one million metric tonnes achieved in crop year 2010/2011, cocoa production is beating a retreat to around 700,000 metric tonnes. If this negative trend continues, many experts fear that in the next few years, Ghana could find its production at the low levels of the late 1990s. It is the poor management of the industry and not the weather, which has been responsible for this disturbing trend. Low prices paid to cocoa farmers, mismanagement of chemical inputs and inadequate resources for cocoa development projects are major culprits.

source : GBC