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Milton Hershey lauds COCOBOD

A US delegation from Milton Hershey School, a subsidiary of the Hershey Cocoa Manufacturing Company in Pennsylvania, has applauded the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) for its work in producing, processing and marketing of good quality cocoa to the world.

The delegation gave the eulogy when it toured the Cocoa Research Institute, Ghana (CRIG) at Akyem Tafo in the Eastern Region.

The team described CRIG as a well-organised institution, that provides learning opportunity for students, and also helps improve cocoa cultivation in Ghana.

Tim Wasielewski, a Senior Director at the Milton Hershey School, who led the 23-man delegation, including students, to visit the CRIG facility to familiarise themselves with its operations, commended CRIG for putting measures in place to reduce cocoa crop diseases.

"We are astounded how well-organised and structured and all efforts being taken to help cocoa industry in Ghana. We are also fascinated about efforts being taken to reduce diseases," he stated.

Members of the delegation said they were not surprised Ghana is rated the second-largest cocoa exporter in the world.

According to them, the country's cocoa cultivation is noted within the developing world to be one of the most modeled commodities.

Noah K. Amenyah, the Senior Public Affairs Manager of Cocobod, who took the delegation round the CRIG facility, was glad that the delegation had recognised the efforts of the board.

He said the Milton Hershey Cocoa Manufacturing Company had contributed in ideas-sharing to increase productivity in Ghana.
"Hershey sponsored a Cocoa link programme three years ago, where we are able to send timely extension messages to farmers. Farmers receive messages on their mobile phones about some disease conditions and get expert advice on the platform. That is a fruitful relationship that enhances cocoa productivity," he said.

Source: Ghana/