Ghana’s cocoa regulator, COCOBOD, has announced that Licensed Buying Companies will, from October 1, 2021, switch to the use of electronic weighing scales.
Chief Executive, Joseph Boahen Aidoo, told the media that over 44,000 weighing scales have already been procured and distributed to the LBCs.
According to him, the rationale is to resolves concerns by cocoa farmers that some LBCs are adjusting their weighing scales which in effect, impact on their profit margins.
“We have worked on this together with the LBCs in total agreement to change the weighing scales from the manual to the electronic system. We wanted the kind that can be used everywhere in the country. So we have procured both electronic and solar scales. This will end the days when our cocoa farmers felt cheated by LBCs who they claimed adjusted their weighing scales,” he stated.
The new electronic scales were recommended by the Ghana Standards Authority, following an inspection of the mechanical scales presently used across the country.
This follows the recent airing of a 2018 documentary on scale tampering within the cocoa sector by the Joy News channel.
Joseph Boahen Aidoo explained that his outfit “takes this issue of weighing scale tampering very seriously and as such they have a regressive impact on interventions that COCOBOD has put in place to improve the earnings and livelihoods of cocoa farmers.”
Under the preventive measure, COCOBOD will import the GSA-recommended electronic sealable weighing scales, which meet a set of tamper-proof standards. This ensures that the measure is rolled out quickly and that there is a common standard for all. In addition, LBCs will be required to use the new scales only.
Dr Emmanuel Opoku, Deputy CEO of COCOBOD said, in the meantime, while the procurement process for the new weighing scales is ongoing, the punitive measure will be applied in the upcoming cocoa season.
LBCs will be surcharged with the monetary equivalent of the aggregated weight from cocoa sheds across the country where the LBC in question may have short-changed the unsuspecting farmers, once GSA confirms the adjustment of such weighing scales.
The amount of which the LBCs have been surcharged will then be paid to the farmers who sold their cocoa at those sheds.
Even though the documentary by the Multimedia Group is overdue, given that it was produced in 2018, and does not capture the steps which COCOBOD has taken since 2018 to tackle the problem, Dr. Opoku, nonetheless, commended the media house and its journalist for making a documentary on the problem.
He added that “the work of the media in shining light on the situation and improvement as we progress, as well as the vigilance of our field staff and the cocoa farmers themselves, will together play a crucial role in eliminating this cocoa canker.”
He expressed confidence that COCOBOD’s Farmer Data/Cocoa Information Management System, which is underway, when ready, will improve overall monitoring of the supply chain so that, issues that come up can be promptly addressed.
Meanwhile, Joseph Boahen Aidoo has called on all stakeholders to join forces with COCOBOD to safeguard cocoa farmers’ immediate and future welfare, and create a fair and rewarding environment for all to operate.
- ‘I did nothing wrong’ – Asiedu Nketia justifies his presence in Parliament
- Join NDC’s presidential race if you are interested in being number 1 – John Boadu to Alban Bagbin
- 2022 Budget rejection: We did not take uncompromising positions – Ato Forson
- Playback: Newsfile discusses 2022 budget and energy sector debt
- ‘Killer budget isn’t coming back; we’re burying it for good’ – Ablakwa
- 2022 Budget: What was wrong with Finance Minister requesting for further engagement? – Majority Leader quizzes
- Dela Sedode: Christ Me! Bagbin
- You do engagements prior to approval of the budget, not during its approval – Ato Forson
- Over 300 suspected criminals arrested in military operation in northern Ghana
- NDC postpones town-hall meeting on 2022 budget
Buses carrying 202 foreigners intercepted at Aflao
ECG illuminates Kpovi Police barrier to enhance security
‘Organise a physical graduation for us or refund our levies’ – Franco 2019 batch
Ghana faces acute challenge of creating more, better jobs – World Bank
SOS-GrEEn sensitizes residents of New Edubiase on violence against women
Ghana Beach Soccer has potential to be a huge success in future – FIFA Instructor Angelo Schirinzi
Kinaata hopes successes of Hasaacas Ladies will inspire Sekondi Hasaacas
Okyeame Kwame and Adansi Travels launch family fun tour on GTA’s Accra City Tour bus to promote Ghana
Ghana’s energy sector debt likely to hit ₵7 billion by close of 2021 – Energy expert
Three percent withholding tax on unprocessed gold slashed to 1.5 percent-Abu Jinapor
Government must be lauded for exemplary leadership – Atta-Akyea
Haul John Boadu before Parliament if you find his comments contemptuous – Nyarko Osei tells Kwame Agbodza
Government approves ¢43m to Ghana Veterinary Medical Association
Agri-impact wins big at the at the Ghana Agribusiness Excellence & Leadership Awards
RUGBY 7S WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: GHANA BOOKS SEMI FINAL PLACE