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Our Subsidiaries
Our Subsidiaries/ Divisions

Apart from COCOBOD Head Office, there are subsidiaries and divisions which are listed below :

  • Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG)

    The Institute

    The Institute was established in June 1938 at Tafo as the Central Cocoa Research Station of the Department of Agriculture of the Gold Coast. It was to investigate problems of pests and diseases, which had considerably reduced cocoa production in the Eastern Region.

    Mandate

    At its inception in June 1938, the Tafo Cocoa Research Station was assigned clear goals within the Gold Coast Department of Agriculture to investigate the pest and disease of cocoa in order to sustain production in the Eastern Region.

    In 1944 when the Research Station was up-graded to West African Cocoa Research Institute (WACRI), the objectives were widened to include the disease and pest problems of cocoa in West Africa and also to investigate soil fertility and agricultural practices with a view of increasing yield.

    Since 1966 CRIG’s research mandate has been widened to include coffee, kola, sheanut and recently cashew. CRIG also conducts research into development of by-products of cocoa and other mandated crops with the aim of diversifying utilisation and to generate additional income for farmers.

    Objectives

    The objectives for establishing CRIG are to provide the farmer with a package of husbandry practices/technology for realizing optimal yields and high economic returns under environmentally friendly condition.

    Conduct research into, and develop techniques for the processing of cocoa, coffee, sheanut, kola and cashew. Undertake research into, and develop new products (other than traditional ones) from cocoa, coffee, kola, sheanut and cashew with a view to diversifying utilization and improving market prices. Develop by-products from residues or waste parts of crops to give farmers more income from their crops.

    Establish strong linkage with extension for effective transfer of research findings, new findings, new technologies and agronomic practices to farmers.

    New Interventions and Programmes

    CROP IMPROVEMENT THRUST

    Efforts to rehabilitate aged cocoa farms, and return the farms to production within the shortest possible time remains one of the key research focus of the Cocoa Improvement Thrust. Several cocoa clones were developed and tested across different farmers’ plots for their ability to provide early yield on rejuvenated farms. Across six farmers’ plots, 8 clones were able to return coppiced farms into production by 12 months after grafting these clones on aged shoots that were previously coppiced. The clones include CRG 9006/106, CRG 0134/311, CRG 0124/404, CRG 6035/103, CRG 8914/409, CRG 2029/508, CRG 9109/304 and CRG 2022/104. A budwood garden of these clones has been established at Tafo to provide adequate budwood to farmers who wish to rejuvenate their aged cocoa farms.

    A new set of male parents for hybrid cocoa have also been assembled. These male clones were crossed to the five most important Seed Garden females (PA 7, PA 150, T63/967, T60/887 and T79/501) and are being tested over a number of farmers’ plots in the Western and Brong-Ahafo Regions. The new hybrids have better seedling establishment and precocity compared to existing varieties from the Seed Gardens.

    Analyses of varieties from the seed gardens also revealed that improving the fidelity of the seeds produced (by adhering strictly to protocols of hybrid development) will contribute significantly to seedlings establishment in farmers’ plots and increasing overall yields. These steps include adherence to recommended female/male combinations and ensuring that each seed pod is the product of manual pollination.

    Insect/Pest Management Thrust

    New recommendation on the timing of insecticide application on cocoa in Ghana

    The calendar-based pest control programme, from August through to December was based on recommendations issued in the1950s. Studies on the temporal distribution of the two important mirid species revealed that there is a shift in the pest population dynamics. Thus, there was a significant correlation between mirid abundance and pod availability on trees, as well as the number of basal shoots and the cocoa variety grown. Peak populations now occur between January to April and September to October.

    Moreover, the past decade has seen sporadic but intense outbreaks and damage by Anomisleona and other defoliating caterpillars across the cocoa belt. Their voracious feeding is often alarming and could be extended to twigs, chupons, cherelles and pods.

    Incidentally, this period also coincides with the occurrence of early season mirid infestation and attack by other sap - (pod) sucking bugs (e.g. Bathycoelia and Pseudotheraptus).  

    The above now calls for a revision of timing of application of control measures in current farming systems. The information has been passed over to CHED and cocoa farmers alike and there is sensitization going on in that direction.

    Mabang Megakarya Selection Programme

    The MabangMegakarya Selection Programme (MMSP) commenced in 2006 as a joint venture between CRIG/COCOBOD, Ghana Cocoa Growing Research Association (GCGRA) and the Netherlands Government for a period of four years referred to as the Establishment Phase. The objectives were to select high yielding clones in the presence of Phytophthoramegakarya (BLACK POD), select clones that are easy to establish and cultivated by farmers and maintain the quality of the cocoa bean as Ghana currently produces.

    The Consolidation Phase of MMSP commenced in 2013 to December, 2017 with partner funding from Netherlands Government, GCGRA, Mars Inc, Mondelez Int. and COCOBOD. Over 3,000 clones are so far under evaluation in field trials at Mabang and over 150 progenies are also under evaluation.

    Improving Cocoa Flavour Quality in Ghana

    Ghana is ranked the best premium quality cocoa beans provider in the world to support the chocolate industry. Key criteria for assessment of cocoa quality include flavour quality. This parameter is mainly attained through proper handling of the harvest and post-harvest processes developed by CRIG, which consist of harvesting, pod breaking, fermentation, drying and storage. Education and sensitization on harvest and post-harvest handling by CHED as well as quality assessment by QCC has generally not included flavour quality.

    The rich, intense and unique chocolate flavor that characterizes Ghana’s premium quality cocoa could be lost over time. Under the WFC/ACI Ghana Quality Innovations (GQI) sub-grant project, a cocoa flavour laboratory and a sensory evaluation panel have been established at CRIG with the mandate of developing technological packages and training of relevant stakeholders to improve flavourquality at the farm level. 494 CHED Extension staff have been given initial training to enable them educate and train cocoa farmers on effect of harvest and post-harvest handling on cocoa flavour development. Further efforts are being made to integrate sensory evaluation into research and breeding programs and to promote sensory evaluation of cocoa in the Ghanaian cocoa sector.

     

    The Executive Director

    Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (Crig)

    New Tafo Akim

    Tel:+ 233 544 331090-2

              277 609900 / 202 016186

              3420 22040

    Fax:+233 27 7900029

     

  • Seed Production Division of Cocobod (SPD)

    The Seed Production Division (SPD) was set up on 2nd January 2001 following the dissolution of the erstwhile Cocoa Services Division as part of the re-organization of the Agricultural Sector to have a unified Agricultural Extension Services. Consequently, Cocoa extension was ceded to the Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES) OF Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).

    The Mission of the Seed Production Division is to multiply and distribute high quality cocoa and coffee planting materials in the most efficient and cost effective manner in adequate quantities to farmers. To ensure the production and delivery of improved cocoa and coffee varieties, Seed Production Division currently operates twenty-seven (27) Cocoa Stations and four (4) Coffee stations spread within the cocoa and coffee growing regions. Hybrid cocoa seed pods are produced through hand pollination of female part of flowers (stigma) of selected female clonal parents with pollen from specific male parents, all selected through research by CRIG. The Division also produces coffee seeds from established bi-clonal seed gardens.

    To effectively ensure sustainable cocoa production in the country, the government through COCOBOD introduced the distribution of hybrid cocoa and coffee seedlings to farmers free of charge. In light of the above, COCOBOD has given the Seed Production Division (SPD) the mandate to raise 60 million cocoa seedlings for distribution to farmers free of charge. 

    Beneficiaries of this programme include:

    1.             Farmers whose farms are due for replanting following treatment of cocoa swollen shoot virus disease.

     

    2.             Framers whose farms are 30 years old and consent to have their trees cut for rehabilitation/ replacement.

     

    3.             Farmers who intend to establish new cocoa farms, particularly the youth.

     

    4.             Farmers who wish to rehabilitate their abandoned or unproductive cocoa farms.

    The Division has also been tasked to raise and distribute two (2) million hybrid coffee seedlings free of charge to coffee farmers as well as offer extension services to the farmers to increase their knowledge in the cultivation and production of the crop.

    SPD in collaboration with CHED is also training the youth in the cocoa growing areas to undertake artificial (hand) pollination on farmers’ farms to increase yields and improve the livelihoods of the farmers in the rural communities.

    All enquiries could be directed to:

    Executive Director

    Seed Production Division

    (COCOBOD)

    P.O.BOX 3197 ACCRA

    TEL: 0302-672681/ 0243900603

     

  • Cocoa Health and Extension Division

    The Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED) is responsible for the control of cocoa swollen shoot virus disease, rehabilitation of old and unproductive cocoa farms and extension services.

    CHED activities include sectoring and surveys in cocoa districts, treatment of infected farms, assisting farmers to replant treated farms with disease tolerant and improved hybrid varieties and conduct periodic re-inspection of treated and replanted farms to forestall reinfection of treated farms.

    Activities under the Rehabilitation scheme involve cutting out old unproductive cocoa trees, replanting with improved hybrid varieties as well as reviving productive cocoa farms by assisting farmers to apply fertilizers, remove mistletoe and adopt best agronomic practices.

    The Division also has the oversight and management responsibility of new Cocoa Extension System which operates in the context of a Public Private Partnership. It provides an efficient and cost-effective extension to cocoa farmers by assisting them to acquire knowledge and skills in good agricultural practices. Farmers are also trained in basic economics to orientate them to consider farming as a business venture which is impacting positively on farmer’s productivity, income and livelihood.

    Bunso Cocoa College is part of CHED and serves as the training centre for staff of COCOBOD. The Cocoa College also hosts training programmes for other organizations and institutions including NGOs.

    The College has excellent accommodation facilities to meet the demands of clients.

    All enquiries could be directed to:

    The Executive Director Ched

    (COCOBOD)

    p.o. box 3197 accra

    Tel: 233 302 666946

                    302 666947

                    302 666948

                    302 666949

    Email: [email protected]

  • Quality Control Company

  • Cocoa Marketing Company

    Cocoa Marketing Company (Gh) Limited

    Efficient marketing of cocoa is of prime concern to COCOBOD. Purchasing, transportation, storage and marketing of cocoa, both internally and externally are coordinated by COCOBOD and the Cocoa Marketing Company (Ghana) Limited (CMC).

    CMC performs the external marketing function of the Board as well as the take-over function within the internal marketing system.

    OUR VALUES

    Our priority is to create distinct value for Ghana cocoa beans by striving to become a global leader in trading, warehousing and shipping of cocoa to all destinations around the world.

    We do this by being reliable and trust- worthy in our business dealings and employ best practice in product and service delivery. Our strength as leading supplier of premium quality bulk cocoa is the blend of experience and creative workforce that we have.

     

    1. CURRENT SALES PROCEDURE FOR CERTIFIED COCOA BEANS (NEGOTIATIONS AND CONTRACTS)

       Buyers of certified cocoa beans should be registered licensed buyer with CMC with a valid license.

       The registered buyer should have a contract with CMC to enable them request delivery of certified cocoa beans against those contracts.

       The buyer then goes into negotiations with the LBC or Co-operative which produces the certified cocoa and or possesses the certification license to agree on tonnage to be produced or delivered. With regards to organic cocoa, because of its different physical attributes, the CMC enters into direct negotiations with a licensed buyer nominated by the Organic certification holder for the sale of the Organic cocoa.

      Buyers submit shipment declaration at the beginning of the shipment period notifying CMC as to which contract the delivery should be made against and with which type of certified cocoa (Organic, Traceable, UTZ or Rainforest).

       An M.O.U defining the responsibilities and obligations of the stakeholders in the certification project is signed by COCOBOD, the buyer and the LBC in the case of traceability. With respect to UTZ, RA and Organic, the agreement is between COCOBOD and the certificate holder.

    2. E-TRANSACTION FOR SHIPPING DOCUMENTS PRESENTATION

    CMC, from the commencement of the 2012/13 Cocoa season, introduced e-collection in the presentation of shipping documents to the buyers.

    The objective is to reduce the transaction cycle from the current average cycle of eight days to between two to three days. (Transaction cycle refers to the time for the original shipping documents to be sent to the presenting banks).

    All enquiries could be directed to:

    The Managing Director

    Cocoa Marketing Company Ltd

    Cocoa House

    Accra

    Tel: +233 302 668281

                   302 668352

                   302 668464

    Fax:+233 302 667078

                   302 665076

     

    Cocoa Marketing Company (Uk) Limited

    CMC (UK) provides backstopping support in the marketing of Ghana’s cocoa to processors in Ghana and overseas buyers. It is also involved in the collection of sales proceeds.

    The company handles the sales of cocoa beans, cocoa liquor and cocoa butter as well as the shipment and collection of sales proceeds as its external marketing function.

    Investment Opportunities

    There are numerous opportunities in the cocoa sector under the new transformation agenda for investors to take advantage of. Investors are however advised to seek independent appraisal of the viability of specific areas of interest as well as understand the laws, by-laws and regulations governing the cocoa sector of Ghana.

    The following are some investment opportunities in the cocoa sector of Ghana:

    1.  Commercial Cocoa Farming:

    Cocoa is cultivated in six out of the ten regions of Ghana. However, the average size of cocoa farms in Ghana is about 4 hectares and mostly small scale. Opportunity exists for potential investors to establish large modern commercial cocoa plantations. The Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (a Division of Ghana Cocoa Board) is available to provide advisory services on suitability of soils and general cocoa agronomy to potential investors. Improved high yielding cocoa varieties which start bearing 2-3 years after planting will be supplied to potential investors by the Seed Production Division of Ghana Cocoa Board for the establishment of the cocoa plantation.

    2.   Government of Ghana and Ghana Cocoa Board is in the process of deepening private sector participation in the supply and distribution of farm inputs and marketing logistics. The Private sector participates in the procurement and distribution of agro-chemicals, including fertilizers and other farming implements. Procurement of marketing inputs such as jute bags, tarpaulins, weighing scales etc. are reserved for private sector participants.

    3.  COCOBOD requires more than $1 billion US dollars on annual basis to finance its crop purchases. This financing is usually raised from a syndicate of local and international private banks. The facility is usually backed by receivables from cocoa sales contracts. In addition, local banks provide bridge liquidity to Licensed Cocoa Buying Companies in order to facilitate their turn-around and turn-over. Private sector investors in the financial sector are invited to participate in providing funding for cocoa business in Ghana.

    4. The Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, a Division of COCOBOD has researched and developed household products such as Soap, Pomade, Jam, Vinegar, Wine, Brandy etc. from cocoa by-products which ordinarily go waste. Opportunity exists for investors seeking to undertake commercial development and marketing of these product range for the local or international markets.

    5. It is the policy of government and COCOBOD to process more than 50% of cocoa produced in Ghana. Government and COCOBOD further desire to deepen processing into finished products for local, regional and international consumption. West Africa alone is estimated to have a population of some 250 million people. The population size provides adequate opportunity for investors to target the regional or continental markets for finished cocoa products.

    6. Internal marketing for cocoa, coffee and sheanut remains entirely in the hands of private sector participants. In the case of coffee and sheanut, private sector investors also undertake external marketing of these products in the international market. Investment opportunities exist in the internal marketing of cocoa, coffee and sheanut as well as export marketing of coffee and sheanut.

    7.   COCOBOD purchases fertilizer and agro-chemicals annually for farmers to boost cocoa production. This program is anticipated to expand rapidly under the new Cocoa Agenda as COCOBOD looks set to increase production. Government and COCOBOD would provide an enabling environment for investors, who intend to invest in setting up chemical formulation and fertilizer manufacturing plants in Ghana.

    Enquiries may be directed to:

    The Chief Executive

    Ghana Cocoa Board

    P. O. Box 933, Accra-Ghana

    Tel:00233302-661752/661872/ 661757/678916/678972/661782/

    678965/67897/683300/04

    Fax: 00 233 302 667104/ 661681/66980 8/674302/677356/674302/677356

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Website: www.cocobod.gh or

     

    The Manager

    Cocoa Marketing

    Company (UK) Ltd.

    Unit 5, Granard Business Centre

    Bunn’s Lane, Mill Hill

    London NW7 2DQ,

    United Kingdom

    Tel: 00 44 208 906 4877

    Fax: 00 44 208 906 4095

    E-mail: [email protected]