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There will be no ban on cocoa from Ghana – EU Ambassador to Ghana

The European Union has dismissed reports that cocoa from Ghana is being banned by union members.

Speaking on behalf of the EU Ambassador to Ghana, Irchad Razaarly, on Orange Cocoa Day 2022, a director of the EU office in Ghana, Celine Madsen Prud’homme, said the EU wanted more cocoa from Ghana instead.

According to her, cocoas from Ghana and Ivory Coast are among the best in the world because they meet EU requirements.

“As my ambassador said earlier, there will be no ban. All countries considered high risk will be able to continue selling their products on the EU market provided that the producers can demonstrate that the products are legal and free from deforestation”.

“There is no ban on cocoa from Ghana. On the contrary, we want more cocoa from Ghana, and we support Ghana and Ivory Coast among all producers who meet these requirements,” she added.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong had previously hinted that the Ghanaian Embassy in Belgium, under Ambassador Sena Boateng, had drawn the attention of the Ghanaian government to the fact that Europe, via new legislation, could soon make Ghanaian cocoa and coffee non-exportable to many international countries. markets.

This is due to the destruction of cocoa land by illegal mining activities, as it is feared that the activities of illegal miners may poison some cocoa beans.

At the same time, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is implementing the Joint Action Framework, signed in 2017 with 36 cocoa and chocolate producing companies, to halt deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa value chain.

This is under the Cocoa and Forests Initiative to ensure that cocoa land is not taken over for illegal mining activities.

Speaking on Orange Cocoa Day 2022, Sector Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor said the government is stepping up education and awareness raising, urging traditional and local authorities, farmers and local community members to join the government.

“It is disheartening to see that while we are taking all these measures, people are selling their cocoa plantations to illegal miners without thinking about the long-term effect of their actions on the environment. This is an issue that we must address and to which we are fully committed. But we need everyone’s cooperation,” he explained.