Cocobod poised to hit one-million metric tonnes of cocoa – Dr Amoah

Bunso (E/R), Dr Frank Amoah, the Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), has said Cocobod is poised to attain the one-million metric tonne of cocoa production.

He said 70 years was enough for cocoa production to hit its maximum target of the one-million metric tonnes and urged all hands especially staff of the Cocobod to scale their efforts to ensure that the target was achieved.

Dr Amoah, who was addressing the closing ceremony of the annual delegate's conference of the Cocobod Senior Staff Association (COSSA) at Bunso, said there were many leakages in the cocoa industry this must be dealt with.

He said the senior staff members had a critical role to play in supporting management to enhance the image of Cocobod in terms of reaching the one-million metric ton production and expressed the hope that the resolution of the delegate's conference would lead to the expected result.

The three-day conference was on the theme: "Repositioning Cocobod to improve productivity-role of the senior staff" and it was attended by delegates from all the units and subsidiaries of Cocobod including CRIG and the Cocoa College.

Mr Atta Boakye, the National chairman of COSSA, said the delegates had resolved to re-align the objectives of the association with the corporate objective to foster effective partnership with management.

He said one of the core objectives was to introduce high-tech cocoa products to farmers as well as promote operational policies to increase local consumption of cocoa products.

This, he said, was in line with the overall agenda of reaching the one-million metric tonne of cocoa and appealed to management to review the conditions of some of the allowances.

Mr Boakye said COSSA is calling for fuel allowances to be converted into fuel coupons and an increment in the car maintenance allowances.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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