The Ghana COCOBOD says this was as a result of climate change that affected cocoa crops in the country last year.
The Public Affairs Director of the Ghana COCOBOD, Noah Amenya disclosed this in an interview with Onua FM’s Yen Sempa in Accra Wednesday.
He was commenting on the statement by the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper in Parliament that Ghana imported 15,500 metric tons of cocoa in the 2014/2015 cocoa season.
Explaining why Ghana imported such quantity of cocoa from Ivory Coast, Mr. Amenya said the beans were imported by a private company.
He further noted that the main crop beans and light crop beans, which are the smaller beans that have 20% discount, but the company did not get the quantity needed in Ghana so it had no option than to import from Ivory Coast.
“Ghana had cocoa to cater for demands but they decided to import because they can’t get the quantity of large crop so they buy both the large and mix with the light beans so they informed us that they want to import such beans and we gave them the approval”.
Asked about the quality of cocoa imported from Ivory Coast, Mr. Amenyo said “the quality is not the same. Ghana’s cocoa has the highest quality that is why they mix with that of Ghana”.
He explained that “Ivory Coast is number one in quantity but Ghana is number one in quality”.
Source: Onua FM