Cocoa Farmers and traders have said, upcoming light cocoa crop will do little to help the world’s number 2 grower to meet a government target of 850,000 tonnes due to insufficient rain.
In 2014/15 Ghana’s yield came in at 730,000 tonnes of beans, well below an early forecast of more than 1 million tonnes, because of the poor weather and what farmers said were insufficient supplies of pesticides and fertilizer.
Industry regulator Cocobod’s 2015/16 production target, place at the start of the season in October, is in sequence with Ghana’s average annual output of 850,000 tonnes; the volume of which is harvest during the main crop that runs nine months from October to May.
Light crop, also called the mid-crop, is likely to open next month in June though its start date can differ, and officials are confident that Ghana is still on track to hit its target.
Cocobod spokesman Noah Amenyah said we are on course to realize our projection; he declined to give production figures so far this season. He also said the information is market-sensitive.
While weather conditions have enhanced compared with 2015, farmers said rains that started in March and are very important to the development of the light crop development, have been irregular and insufficient.
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