Coco farmers are opimistic that cocoa production will be at its peak during the mid-crop season. This is due to favourable weather and improved farming practices.
Cocoa bean output in the main crop season (September- March) has been low in recent years-- falling below the target of 600,000 metric tonnes.
The Deputy National Chief Farmer, Nana Agyei Damoa, is however optimistic Ghana will record a bumper cocoa harvest in the mid-season.
Ghana, through Cocobod in September 2014, secured a syndicated US$1.7billion trade finance deal with a consortium of domestic and international banks for the purchase of cocoa beans in the 2014/2015 crop season.
However, cocoa production for the 2014/15 crop season has been threatened by the failure of some farmers to adhere to proper agronomic practices, especially in the application of fertiliser, onset of the black pod disease, and unfavourable climatic conditions at the time.
Nana Damoa, who is also a member of Cocobod, stated that the weather has been favourable in the mid-crop season and that farmers have been sensitised on best farming practices while measures have also been implemented to curtail the threat of black pod disease.