Drought, disease hit cocoa seasonal harvest in Ghana

*Dry weather, swollen-shoot disease caused cocoa pods to wither, as Ghana’s main harvesting season officially ends September 30

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The 2019-2020 cocoa harvest in Ghana has dropped to the lowest in five years after spells of drought and a severe outbreak of swollen-shoot disease damaged trees.

Agency report says that the preliminary data showed that the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer harvested 770,000 metric tonnes of the beans in the year through September.

Sources disclosed that the development was below the previous season’s harvest of 812,000 tons and the lowest since the 2014-15 harvest of 740,000 tonnes.

The regulator, Ghana Cocoa Board, has continued the main harvest without pause between the so-called main crop and mid-crop, which is the smaller of the two annual harvests and collected between June and mid-September, said the people, report stated.

The initial forecast for the season ending Sept. 30 was 800,000 tons.
Fifi Boafo, a Spokesman for the board, didn’t answer calls seeking comment.

Ghana signed a $1.3 billion syndicated cocoa loan to finance the bean purchases for the 2020-21 season in the capital, Accra, Tuesday, September 29.

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