GHANA’S COCOA BOARD TO CONTRIBUTE TO REVERSING OF DEGRADATION OF FOREST COVER

ACCRA, The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBD) has given an assurance that it will contribute to efforts to reverse the degradation of the country's forest cover which currently stands at some 700,000 hectares a year, says its deputy chief executive officer, Dr Yaw Adu-Ampomah.

Addressing the inaugural Cocoa and Forests Initiative Roundtable Conference here Thursday, he said COCOBOD would support sustainable forest management by rolling out a cocoa re-planting and strategic programme to increase cocoa production since cocoa continues to be the mainstay of the country's economy.

As part of measures to increase cocoa yields, COCOBOD would cut diseased and old cocoa trees and provide farmers with high-yielding cocoa seedlings for re-planting. In addition, cocoa farmers would be taught sustainable environmental practices and motivated to plant more cocoa seedlings.

The consultative forum was facilitated by the World Cocoa Foundation and The Sustainable Trade Initiative to solicit inputs into a Framework of Action against forest degradation.

Sander Muilerman, the Programme Manager of Climate-Smart Cocoa for West Africa, said major private and public sector players had pledged to present a joint Framework of Action to end deforestation and forest degradation in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, the world's two leading cocoa producers.

The joint Framework of Action, he said, would be presented at the Climate Change Conference of Parties 23 (COP 23) in Bonn in Germany in November.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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