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Ghanaian Cocoa Farmers Receive Higher Payments than Ivorian Counterparts – COCOBOD

In a recent interview on The Point of View on Citi TV, Fiifi Boafo, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), defended the Akufo-Addo government’s achievements in the cocoa sector. Boafo responded to criticisms from the minority in Parliament, particularly regarding allegations of shortchanging cocoa farmers.

Highlighting the government’s track record, Boafo noted that Ghanaian cocoa farmers have consistently received higher payments than their Ivorian counterparts, except in 2023. He emphasized that Ghanaian cocoa farmers receive $47 more than those in Cote d’Ivoire, challenging accusations of exploitation and cheating.

Boafo also addressed concerns about replicating the Ivorian model, stating that adopting successful strategies should not be seen as wrongdoing. He explained that lower production levels in Ghana compared to Cote d’Ivoire can be attributed to factors such as the treatment of infested farms, swollen shoot disease, and adverse weather conditions, all of which are crucial for long-term sustainability in cocoa production.

Addressing allegations of cocoa smuggling, Boafo clarified that the major smuggling point is at the Togo border, not the Ivory Coast. He emphasized that COCOBOD’s interventions, such as subsidized fertilizers and treating more affected farms, are aimed at ensuring a better future for cocoa production in Ghana.

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