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COCOBOD advises against cocoa smuggling after threats

Fifi Boafo

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has warned farmers not to smuggle cocoa to neighboring countries.

Following the announcement of the producer price for the 2022/2023 crop season, some farmers have threatened to engage in this illegal act.

A bag of cocoa used to cost GH660 in Ghana until the government announced a 21% increase in the producer price to GH800 for the 2022/2023 cocoa crop season.

The new pricing regime is expected to take effect today, Friday, October 7, 2022

However, some farmers have been dissatisfied with the rate of increase.

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In an interview with Citi News, COCOBOD’s Public Affairs Manager, Fiifi Boafo, called on security forces stationed at borders to arrest those who engage in the act.

“If people engage in illegal behavior, we expect the law to take its course,” he said.

Mr. Boafo also believes that there are sufficient incentives for police to enforce the law.

“The understanding is that if you are transporting cocoa along our borders, a percentage is paid to the policemen who will arrest you for this illegality, and I am sure that the policemen will obviously arrest you when they meet you smuggling cocoa because there is something to enjoy from that.”

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