Ghanaian government increases cocoa producer price to GH¢8,249 per tonne

The Minister of State in-charge of Food and Agriculture, Dr Nura Jara has revealed that the cocoa producer price for a ton has been increased to GH¢8,249.

He added that a 64-kilo bag would now be sold at GH¢515.

This increment represents an 8% for the next crop season.

Dr Nura Jara said this at the World International Cocoa Day celebration in Sunyani on Tuesday (October 1, 2019).

In April this year, COCOBOD maintained the producer price of cocoa despite suggestions by the IMF to review it downwards.

It has been a norm for the government to announce a farmgate price that it will pay to farmers for their beans in the crop season before the cocoa season begins. This is done mostly in October every year.

That price was last increased by 11.76% in October 2016 to cover the 2016/2017 season. After 2016, the price has remained unchanged at GH¢7,600 per tonne, translating into GH¢475 per bag of 64 kilogrammes (kg) gross weight.

Within the same period, however, the price of cocoa on the international market suffered a fall. It dropped from an average of US$2,500 per tonne in November 2016 before ending that year at US$2,287 per tonne, according to the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO).

The price of cocoa remained bearish throughout 2017, rising only in October before falling again to end December at US$1,917.68 per tonne, according to the world cocoa body.

In 2018, ICCO’s data showed that prices strengthened consistently to peak at US$2,659.9 per tonne in May before fluctuating throughout the remaining part of the year.

The Bloomberg Terminal, which also tracks global prices of the crop, quoted it at US$2,245 per tonne on the morning of April 25.

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