The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)’s unit, Quality Control Company Limited (QCC) has refused to use vegetable oil to reduce insecticides.
Public Affairs Department of COCOBOD issued a statement according to that: the Quality Control Company Limited want to correct the incorrect claim which has been said in the news that QCCL has bought off-the-shelf vegetable oil at high cost that is compared to what is commonly found in local shops.
The statement said“a subsidiary of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) the mandate of the QCC”, “is to ensure that all parcels of cocoa delivered both to the local and international markets are of premium grade and free from pests”.
Especially it is in the exercise of this authorization with respect to pest control, that the company purchased Biodiesel early in 2019 – which is made from vegetable oil that has been transformed through chemical processes. Cocoa’s infestation by the pests is controlled through disinfestations activities that carry the company after approval and evaluation of the insecticides.
Ultra Low Volume (ULV) insecticide are normally available in concentrated forms and have to be diluted using appropriate oil-based diluents (a dilute agent or thinner) before its application on cocoa farms.
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