Ghana has accomplished more than 1,000,000 metric huge loads of cocoa with ten weeks left until the end of the cocoa crop season.
As indicated by an official data, the country has produced the highest volume of cocoa beans ever, surpassing more than 1,000,000 metric tons with more than ten weeks left until the end of the period.
Data on the reviewing of beans by Quality Control Company of COCOBOD shows that, with only fourteen days to go in the light yield season, the board has recorded more than 1,000,000 (1,030,000) metric tons.
Despite the fact that the season isn’t ended, this will be the highest production recorded in the country’s history. This figure is expected to be higher by the end of the period.
Prior to this new record, the highest production of somewhat more than 1,000,000 (1,024,000) metric tons was recorded in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. This has pushed yearly cocoa yield over 1,000,000 metric tons.
This weighty record is generally ascribed to intercession usefulness upgrade programs carried out by the leading group of COCOBOD.
The projects include public mass pruning, mass fertilization and compost strategy that guarantees manure is disseminated through farmer cooperatives.
Also, theintroductiont of various agronomic intercessions by the government of Ghana is assisting with getting a colossal increment crop yields per section of land on cocoa farms.
Additionally, the introduction of the mass pruning of cocoa farms, hand fertilization, and the right utilization of manures to the tree crop, in addition to other things, helped the expansion underway.
The new strategies also includes: re-tooling and developing of the Cocoa Disease and Pest Control Program (CODAPEC); smoothing out of the HI-TECH program to guarantee equivalent admittance to manures and other farm inputs; working with the arrangement of cocoa farming groups and cooperatives the nation over, which have seen more than 3,000 of them enrolled with the Department of Co-agents.
It also involves the introduction of motorized weed slashers and pruners, also a new policy and the enhanced cocoa rehabilitation programme.
The hand fertilization had prompted an increment in the cases a solitary cocoa tree bears all at once, in this way per the COCOBOD’s assessment, a solitary tree could give a farmer just about 32 kilos of cocoa, which is half of a pack.
Meanwhile, Japan has helped Ghana with a US$600 million JICA, AfDB office for a water system pilot project, which is important for activities under the $600 million partnered credit from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa drive.
Initiative under the office included the allotment of financing to reasonably expand cocoa plant fertility and rehabilitate aged and disease-infected farms.
The cocoa sector accounts for 4.5% of gross domestic products (GDP) and contributes 25% of Ghana’s merchandise export earnings.