Efficient Friday, October 8, 2021, all Licensed Shopping for Firms (LBCs) in Ghana will likely be obliged to make use of digital weighing scales to measure the burden of cocoa being bought by farmers.
The introduction of this digital technique of weighing cocoa beans is to curb the apply the place LBCs and Buying Clerks alter their scales to cheat cocoa farmers.
In accordance with Minister for Meals and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, “the size has been licensed by the Ghana Commonplace Authority and has been ascertained to adapt to necessary necessities. Cocoa patrons can not alter the weighing scale after it has been calibrated and sealed by the Ghana Commonplace Authority.”
The choice to introduce the digital scale “was to take care of the issue now we have recognized whereby Licensed Shopping for brokers have been tampering with the scales they have been utilizing and placing the farmers at a deprived place,” Head of Public Affairs at COCOBOD, Fiifi Boafo stated in an earlier interview with Citi Enterprise Information.
In accordance with him, “the chief government [of COCOBOD] went around the nation and likewise stopped at some stations and realized that they’d tampered with the scales”.
With the brand new initiative, all cocoa farmers within the nation will likely be registered and issued with playing cards that can allow them to promote their cocoa beans within the nation and earn the true price of their produce.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto urged “the LBCs to cooperate with the Ghana Commonplace Authority to arrange the scales” to help the farmers to benefit from the full advantages from their investments.