COCOBOD has opened its cocoa light crop season purchases from farmers and has kept the price unchanged at 7,600 cedis ($1,5 86) per tonne, a report by Reuters Ghana has said.
Ghana runs a two-cycle cocoa season consisting of the main crop which is mainly exported and the light crop harvest, discounted for local grinders.
“The producer price to be paid at all buying centres is 228 cedis per load of 30 kilograms for Grade 1 and II cocoa beans naked ex-scale, or 475 cedis per bag of 64 kilograms gross. A tonne of 16 bags is 7,600 cedis,” Cocobod spokesman Noah Amenya said.
“We expect purchases to start in earnest with buyers delivering cocoa from Monday,” Amenya said. He declined comment on the target for the light crop, which usually lasts for 11 weeks.
Cumulatively, Ghana had projected to buy at least 850,000 tonnes of cocoa by the close of the crop year in September.