COCOBOD DENIES SPECULATIONS OF NEW COCOA PRODUCER PRICE

BY AFIA NYARKO ASARE

COCOBOD has denied reports that it has settled on a new producer price for cocoa farmers
This follows reports that COCCOBOD is expected to pay GH ¢8, 000 per tonne to  cocoa farmers for the next crop season.
The media reports noted that the implementation of the said taxes would happen from October this year.
This represents a 5.2 per cent increase compared to GH ¢7, 600 that what was paid during the next crop season.
The price has not seen a significant change over the past three years, this was due to declining prices of cocoa on the international market.
The Head of Public Affairs at COCOBOD, Fifi Boafo says these reports are not accurate because the committee charged with determining the price has not even gotten to the point where they decide on this new price.
He added that there are several processes that the board go through in determining these and it’s not just based on one person’s recommendation or an institution.
He said, “Decision to fix the price is that of the producer price review committee, so until they meet, nobody at any point in time can determine the price”.
He argued that “if you really appreciate the way things are done, you would understand how the system operates, then one cannot quote just one source as being the bases for any announcements”.
Fiifi Boafo, maintained that all the stakeholders that make up the Producer Price Review Committee would surely be meeting before October this year to settle on this new price for the announcement to be made soon.
Some analysts have also argued that looking at the current development in the sector, there should be some significant increase when the Committee meets to review Producer Price for cocoa purchases for the next crop season.
COCOBOD is expected to sign the Cocoa loan Syndication on September 12 in Paris France. COCOBOD would be seeking to raise to $1.5 billion from these institutions.
The funds are expected to be used to finance cocoa purchases for the 2019/2020 crop season and other developments in the sector.

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