Cocoa is Ghana

Royal Commodities Ltd (ROCO), an indigenous Licensed Cocoa Buying Company (LBC) has extended its operations to the Volta Region. The company, established in 1996, has been purchasing cocoa in all the growing regions except the Volta Region.

Alhaji Abdulzakou Adamou, Managing Director of the company announced the arrival of the company in the Region during a Farmer’s rally held at Hohoe.According to him, the company has adopted fair and ethical marketing principles which ensure that cocoa farmers do not only receive prompt payments for their produce but get paid with the right amount money using accurate weighing scales.

He said ROCO treats farmers like Queens and Kings and that the company is in the Region to buy with Electronic scales. The company has over 200 of these scales. “ Cocoa will be bought at every corner with farmers not traveling far. There will also be electronic payment through bank accounts or mobile Money”, he added.

The MD prayed for COCOBOD management to succeed in the Productivity enhancement programs being implemented to facilitate increased production.

Alhaji Adamou said his outfit would introduce cocoa certification in the Region with 3 fold interventions – farm inputs, capacity building and community interventions, and urged all cocoa farmers to sell their produce to ROCO for maximum benefits. “We want to encourage all of you to form Farmer-based groups to facilitate easy management of your activities. These groups will later be converted into cooperatives which will make it easy to access loans, inputs, extension services, among others”, he added.

Mr Eric Agbe, Deputy Regional Administrative Manager of COCOBOD, in a solidarity message, expressed happiness in ROCO’s arrival in the Volta Region. He said while introducing competition into the internal marketing of cocoa in the Region, he was optimistic that farmers would get prompt payments for their produce and subsequently reduce the incidence of smuggling.

Mr Frank Asante, Deputy Regional Quality Control Manager assured ROCO that the subsidiary would work in close collaboration with all LBCs to ensure that only the best quality cocoa beans are graded and sealed.

Mr. Emmanuel Ofori, District Cocoa Officer for Hohoe, educated the farmers on the PEPs being implemented by COCOBOD.

Benjamin Larweh, Snr. Public Affairs Officer, urged the farmers to consume more cocoa and benefit from its nutritional elements including its ability to improve blood circulation, reduction in blood pressure, managing diabetes, among others.

Togbe Batse, the Regional Chief Farmer who chaired the function, on behalf of the farmers welcomed ROCO to the Region. While urging the company to live up to expectation, he was hopeful that the presence of the ROCO in the Volta Region would help improve the lot of farmers and all stakeholders.

Similar rallies are scheduled to be held in Jasikan and Dodi Papase Districts.