A goodwill mission from the United States has been in Ghana visiting the country's Cocoa research stations.
A goodwill mission from the United States has been in Ghana visiting the country's Cocoa research stations. The six-man mission, led by Mr. L. Russell Cook, President of the chocolate Manufacturers' Association of America, visited the Cocoa Research Centre of Ghana's new establishment at Tafo on Friday (25 January).
The Americans went to Ghana, producer of one third of the world's cocoa, to find out about the problem facing the cocoa producers and to exchange ideas with them.
During their visit to the research station, the visitors were shown displays of the work going on there into combating diseases that afflict cocoa trees, such as the swollen shoot virus disease.
The Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana began life in 1937 and has expanded since, with six divisions dealing with every aspect of physiology, agronomy, and plant research related to cocoa. It employs a work force of just under thirteen hundred, and maintains two sub stations besides the unit at Tafo.
The United States imports 13 per cent Ghana's main cocoa crop, and is the largest buyer from the West African state. However, cocoa consumption in the United States has fallen off in recent months and there has been a consequent fall in the world price of cocoa. The U.S. Chocolate Manufacturers' Association has estimated a 16 per cent fall in the country's cocoa consumption.