Ghana to produce 850,000 tonnes of cocoa in 2019/20 season: industry regulator

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By Emmanuel Okara

Ghana, the world’s second-largest cocoa producer, is expected to produce 850,000 tonnes of cocoa in 2019/20 season at the lower end of average levels on account of the swollen shoot disease outbreak, the country’s industry regulator said on Friday.

Ghana’s annual production is usually between 850,000 and 900,000 tonnes, although the country had an official forecast of 900,000 tonnes for the current 2018/19 season, which ends this month.

“Swollen shoot is the main factor bringing down production,” Joseph Boahen Aidoo, chief executive of the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), an industry regulator, told Reuters on the sidelines of the European Cocoa Forum in Lisbon.

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