Cocoa is Ghana

The Chief Executive of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo has presented an amount of GH¢5,000 each to three cocoa farmers who emerged as winners at the 2017 edition of the Cocoa of Excellence and International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France.

The farmers, Mr Simon Marfo from Santaso in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region, Mr John Kofi Asiamah, from Akim Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region and Mr Noah Obeng , Ntrikrom, Ahafo Ano South District in the Ashanti Region were awarded for quality, flavour and diversifying their cocoa products.

The award ceremony was organized by the Bioversity International and Event International in partnership with some chocolate manufacturers at the Salon du Chocolate, held in Paris from October 28 to November 1, 2017.

The event brought together leading sensory evaluation experts in the chocolate industry to evaluate, recognise and reward cocoa farmers with exceptional and unique flavours, while bringing know-how, market opportunities and incentives for safeguarding cocoa diversity to farming communities and national organisations globally.

Speaking at the ceremony to present the awards to farmers, Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo explained that, Ghana was among the 40 countries that entered the competition in 2017 and among the three countries permitted to submit the highest number of samples out of the 160 samples that entered the competition.

He said key criteria for the assessment of cocoa quality include yield of cocoa nibs and flavour quality, which were mainly attained through the use of improved varieties of cocoa and proper post-harvest practices.

According the Hon. Aidoo, the event created a platform for Ghana and others to be recognised internationally as producers of cocoa with exceptional and diverse quality.

“We are very proud of these hardworking farmers and we want to use this token award, together with what the international body has given, to serve as motivation to other cocoa farmers”, he stated.

Hon. Aidoo used the opportunity to encourage cocoa farmers to continue to create the awareness on the need to maintain good flavour and give off their best by maintaining the quality and good flavour of cocoa through good fermentation.

He later presented certificates to the award winners in recognition of their contributions to the cocoa industry.

Mr. John Kofi Asiamah on behalf of the awardees thanked organisers and COCOBOD for the honour done them and pledged to pay attention to the advice given by Extension Officers to improve upon their yields.

Ghana’s participation in the world event dates back to 2011.