Ghana expects its annual cocoa output to rise to 1.6 million tonnes by 2026. This will be made possible through the yearly distribution of 60 million hybrid seedlings. It will add a total of 750,000 tonnes to the existing output within 10 years.
The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) estimates that it will add about 75,000 tonnes per annum to the national output, currently averaging 850,000 tonnes, should the hybrid seedlings be properly managed by the farmers.
The board anticipates that each year’s distribution will cover 50,000 hectares of land, thereby bringing to 500,000 hectares the total size of land to be covered under the new programme.
COCOBOD expects that a hectare will yield 1.5 tonnes of cocoa, the Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni said during a tour of some cocoa roads and farms in the Eastern Region.