First farmer-owned cocoa fermentation
centre in Ghana opens in Offinso
Jointly funded by Tachibana and Co. Ltd., Guittard Chocolate, Transroyal Ghana Limited and Ghanaian Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) with technical support from the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), the first farmer-owned cocoa fermentation centre under the Fine Flavour And Production Initiative of COCOBOD, has been opened in Offinso municipality in the Ashanti region.
“Our initial soil tests showed that soil in Offinso supports the Fine Flavour Cocoa Production. We have recently identified soils in Akim Oda and two other districts as perfect for the same exercise so that Ghana’s production level scales higher in the next few years,” the executive director of CRIG and member of parliament-elect for Offinso South constituency, Dr. Isaac Yaw Opoku, speaking at the official handing-over of the facility to the Fine Flavour Cocoa Farmers’ Cooperative.
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He revealed that fine flavour cocoa is highly priced on the world market, selling at around US$5,000-US$10,000 per tonne. Ghana currently produces about 30 metric tonnes of the premium variety of cocoa.
Dr. Opoku added that Ghana’s quest to penetrate the niche cocoa market began with a pilot project in the then Offinso district in 2008. And commended the impressive growth of the Alex Opoku Mensah chaired Offinso Fine Flavour Cocoa Farmers’ Cooperative from 15 to 515 and encouraged more farmers to sign on to the project.