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Cocoa hand pollination boosting production

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Cocoa hand pollination boosting production

Averagely, a cocoa tree produces 1,000 flowers every season, yet only five per cent flowers grow into pods. Compared with other countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, which produce 2 tonnes of cocoa per hectare, Ghana produces only 0. 45 tonnes of cocoa per hectare.

 

The hand pollination introduced by the government through dynamic CEO of COCOBOD is among the many interventions to reach the targeted levels.

The artificial hand pollination project which aims to increase cocoa yields was launched 2017. The project is being carried out in all the 6 cocoa growing regions.

This initiative became necessary due to the depletion of the natural pollinators causing reduction in cocoa yields. This initiative adopted by COCOBOD, has seen massive success as a single cocoa tree is producing 800 and 1,200 pods.

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SB Bitian is a Freelance Writer. Favorite quote: "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all" - Ecclesiastes 9:11

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