Chocolate Industry

Ghana’s COCOBOD promotes the consumption of local cocoa products

Economic Cocoa Celebration


The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) organized an open display of cocoa products, organic fertilizers and agrochemical inputs as part of activities to commemorate Cocoa Day on October 1, 2022.

The open expo themed “[email protected]: Sustaining Our Environment, Prosperity and Health” was held in the eastern regional city of Suhum.

Ghana Cocoa Day is celebrated annually on October 1 to pay tribute to the valiant cocoa farmers, men and women, whose sweat and toil contributed to the long-term viability of the country’s cocoa industry.

Mr. Emmanuel Ray Ankrah, the Deputy Managing Director of COCOBOD in charge of Finance and Administration, said the Managing Director of COCOBOD, highlighted the major contribution of cocoa to the socio-economic growth of Ghana.
He expressed concern about how illegal mining was negatively impacting the cocoa industry and jeopardizing farmers’ livelihoods.

“In our efforts to improve the lives of cocoa farmers and the fortunes of the industry, we face the unprecedented challenge of illegal mining, which has the potential not only to cripple the cocoa sector, but also to threaten our basic means of survival as human beings.

He said the situation, along with recent calls from global consumers, the European Union and other trading partners for more environmentally friendly and sustainable farming techniques, has called for a more aggressive approach to support production. of cocoa.

It shed light on how essential minerals found in cocoa beans, such as fats, proteins and antioxidants, could cure or prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, insomnia and body aches, as well as help to the process of slowing down the aging process.

Accordingly, he urged Ghanaians to consume local cocoa products, saying, “Let us demonstrate our commitment to this course by serving cocoa drinks at our baptism ceremonies, weddings, parties, funerals, state functions, in all social gatherings and homes.

Eastern Regional Minister Seth Kwame Acheampong said the government was working to implement policies and programs that would improve the social and economic welfare of farmers, citing a pension scheme for producers cocoa as an example.

He also praised the cocoa farmers for defying all odds to produce “the golden beans” that have helped Ghana’s reputation internationally for decades.

Osabarima Ayeh Kofi, the chef of Suhum, expressed his gratitude to COCOBOD for choosing Suhum as the venue for this year’s Cocoa Day celebration.

Several companies and financial institutions, including New OKAFF Industries Limited, a manufacturer of insecticide and snake larvae repellent; Agrokhem Limited, a distributor of organic fertilizers and agrochemical inputs; Access Bank, CAL Bank and Golden Pod chocolate drink, among others, participated in the cocoa products exhibition.

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