The Ghana Cocoa Board has refuted reports in a section of the media suggesting that they could not get buyers for Ghana’s cocoa.
A press release released by COCOBOD, said Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire last week lifted the suspension of the sale of 2020/21 cocoa beans after officially announcing the new trading mechanism for the sale of cocoa
“In line with trading practice, Cocoa Marketing Company on 19th June 2019 decided to do a market sounding after the introduction of a Living Income Differential (LID) to weigh the market reaction and its dynamics.
“We would like to correct the misrepresentation of the LID to mean a surcharge. The LID is part of the price component of the trading mechanism and not a surcharge as was reported by Bloomberg,” the release stated.
The press release signed by the Chief Executive of Cocobod said Management of Ghana Cocoa Board and its subsidiary Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC) Limited observed with worry the inaccurate interpretation and publication by Bloomberg and other media house on the sale of Ghana’s beans.
“We, therefore, entreat all to disregard the news about Ghana’s beans not finding a buyer which seems to fall in line with a certain negative narrative of a challenge in the implementation of the well-understood trading mechanism.
We wish to assure Ghanaian farmers and all stakeholders that, the new mechanism has been understood to be the official trading system, and we shall sell at a price for the benefit of our farmers and the sustainability of the cocoa industry,” the press release added.