Cocobod trains 153 farmers in the flavor of cocoa
The Ghana Cocoa Board’s Cocoa Health and Extension Division (COCOBOD), in collaboration with the Quality Control Company of Akyem Oda Cocoa District, organized a four-day cocoa flavor training for 153 managers from farmers’ cooperatives.
The beneficiary farmers were from the districts of Birim Sud, Birim Central, Akyem Achiase and Asene-Manso-Akroso.
The program was intended to enable farmers to appreciate the implications and essence of quality standards in cocoa production.
It was also to equip farmers with the skills required in the production of quality cocoa to improve or maintain the quality of cocoa beans in order to meet the demands of the international consumer market.
Addressing participants, COCOBOD’s Oda District Extension Coordinator, Mr. Francis Eluwekeh, advised farmers not to rely solely on the use of fungicides to control black rot disease, but to supplement it with cultural methods such as sanitary harvesting, pruning and periodic removal of excess branches.
He stressed the need for farmers not to store their cocoa beans in kitchens, saying the smoke could contaminate the flavor of the cocoa.
Oda District Cocoa Officer Michael Gyasi advised farmers against using too many chemicals on their farms, stressing that the practice could adversely affect the quality of cocoa.
COCOBOD’s Oda District Quality Control Officer Mr. Michael Tweneboah Mensah urged farmers to strive to produce quality cocoa beans in order to earn extra income for their efforts.
He urged them to adopt proper fermentation practices by following the correct procedure and also to use the proper materials in their farms to maintain Ghana’s premium cocoa beans.