Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has signed an agreement with Bühler to build Ghana’s local cocoa processing and value addition capacity through training, product development and technology guidance.
The agreement is in line with the government’s plan to significantly increase the portion of Ghana’s cocoa which is processed locally to meet both the sub-regional and international consumption demands.
Addressing guests at the ceremony, which was hung on twentieth June 2021, at Bühler’s Cocoa Competence Center in Abidjan, Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo, the Chief Executive of COCOBOD, said the agreement will deepen the solid relationship COCOBOD currently has with Bühler, the two of which are huge players on the world’s cocoa trade environment.
is one of the world’s biggest organizations with regards to chocolate technology. As per Hon Boahen Aidoo, who acknowledged Bühler, said having started an excursion on the way of change in Ghana’s cocoa sector, the country have been paying special mind to such organizations to help them in that cycle.
“We want to move from the traditional cocoa production to a modern way of cocoa production. We also want to move from the supply of the mere primary commodity to value addition and that is where we find you to be a potential partner”
He further expressed that, Ghana needs to build its capacity to enhance the cocoa it produces and that implies obtaining the most recent technologies for effective processing just as chocolate and other cocoa product growth.
Ghana and Bühler need one another, hence will effectively cooperate. This organization that is being fashioned to keep on developing into the future and remain useful to the shared interest of the two parties.
Mr Heiko Feuring, the President of Bühler Middle East and Africa lauded the administration of Hon Boahen Aidoo and the administration of COCOBOD towards building a feasible and prosperous cocoa esteem chain for Ghana through the introduction of farming improvement activities and the execution of the Living Income Differential (LID).
Mr Feuring said he trusts this memorandum of understanding will be the milestone of another productive and enduring cooperation to open the Ghanaian cocoa value chain potential, he said.
“We want to support Ghana in its march towards a higher value creation in the country for the benefit of all Ghanaians” he said.
He gave the confirmation that Bühler will offer its aptitude to Ghana in guide of the work to build a strong local processing industry to capture a higher share of the US$100 billion cocoa and chocolate industry.