The Citizen Watch has commended the Nana Akufo Addo’s government for the swift intervention over the farm-gate price for cocoa farmers.
The government has agreed to pay US$1820 (GHC9800) per tonne to Ghanaian cocoa farmers which represents 70 percent of the floor price of US$2,600 for the 2020/2021 crop season.
“This is laudable and we commend the government for its listening ability after we called for the farmgate price to be increased. This response by government over our preposition has not taken too long however, their action has changed their perception or commitment towards the industry”.
The Convener of the group, Francis Mensah in a statement issued in Accra, stated that this new farmgate price, “we believe would harmonise prices in the cocoa sector and also reduce smuggling of cocoa beans.”
“We are also calling on the cocoa farmers to upheld to the international standard practices, and also commit their efforts to compliment government efforts, by reduce the rate of smuggling of cocoa beans to other neighbouring countries, since it has the tendency of killing the industry” the statement said.
The Citizen Watch is entreating Ghanaians “that cocoa has supported our economy over the years and we must intensify our efforts in this area to sustain our economy, through which we can expand our economy”.
The Citizen Watch has however called on COCOBOD to give the needed support for processing of cocoa in the country. Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire two main countries that produces cocoa have agreed on a floor price of US$2,600 per tonne for cocoa beans.
The Citizen Watch recently issued a statement asking the government to increase the farmgate price for cocoa farmers to GHC9000 per tonne. COCOBOD is set to sign its annual cocoa loan syndication deal with some 20 French banks in September 2019.
This was after it secured Parliament’s approval to borrow up to $1.5 billion to aid cocoa purchases for the 2019/2020 crop season.