Ghana’s cocoa production is projected to increase significantly in the 2020/2021 cocoa season despite the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board, Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Ghanaians should remain calm as cocoa production, which is a major “cash cow” of Ghana’s economy won’t be negatively affected by the pandemic.
Joseph Boahen Aidoo says Ghanaians should rather expect an increase in cocoa yields as the country prepares to enter the 2020/2021 cocoa season.
Speaking to reporters after receiving some PPEs donated to COCOBOD by the Barry Callebaut Company, the CEO explained that the current cocoa activities do not require the gathering of many people which will breach the social distancing and ban on public gathering hence works on cocoa farms continues unabated.
He further revealed that the COCOBOD is also embarking on mass pruning exercise across the country which according to the CEO, is unprecedented in the history of COCOA production in Ghana.
With all activities ongoing, the CEO expressed optimism that Ghana is in for bumper harvest of cocoa even in the midst of the pandemic.
“Not at all for cocoa, the current work on cocoa farms does not need the gathering of many people so it won’t affect Ghana’s production for 2020/2021,” Joseph Boahen Aidoo expressed.
He further explained that “strictly speaking, the ongoing mass pruning will even increase our production. This is the first time Ghana is embarking on mass pruning exercise across the whole country. It has never happened before in the history of cocoa in Ghana since Tetteh Quarshie’s era. It is the pruning the also enhance the flowering of the cocoa tree.”