GHANA TO REPLANT 10,000 HECTARES OF OLD, DISEASED COCOA TREES

ACCRA, The Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) is to treat and rehabilitate a total of 10,000 hectares planted with diseased and overage cocoa trees in the country’s Western, North and Eastern Regions (Provinces) this year, involving the replanting of some 11 million trees.

Currently, about 17 per cent of the country’s total area under cocoa, or about 310,000 hectares which have been surveyed, has been found to be affected by the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease (CSSVD) while about 23 per cent (about 411,000 ha) of the country’s cocoa tree stock is more than 30 years old and economically unproductive.

The Executive Director of Cocobod’s Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED), Emmanuel Opoku, who disclosed this Thursday at a workshop on smart cocoa financing, said the board would commence another nation-wide survey to map out and update CSSVD outbreak areas in all the 60 CHED Districts.

The Climate-Smart Finance Workshop was organized by the Rainforest Alliance, with support from its partners, including the World Cocoa Foundation, rootcapital and Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security, to identify concrete solutions and ways to unlock climate-smart agriculture finance in the Ghanaian cocoa sector.

The workshop was conducted under the theme: Designing Investment Mechanisms to Finance Climate-Smart Cocoa in the Ghanaian Cocoa Sector.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK