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    Ghana celebrated International Cocoa Day on Saturday (31 May). The main celebrations were held at?

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    Ghana celebrated International Cocoa Day on Saturday (31 May). The main celebrations were held at Koforidua in the Eastern Region -- the centre of one of the country's major cocoa-producing regions.

    The Koforidua activities began in traditionally colourful style as local chiefs and their retinues -- accompanied by their multi-coloured umbrellas (their badge of office) -- drummers and singers gathered for the occasion.

    But the highlight of the day was an address by Head of State Colonel I.K. Acheampong, during which he outlined the importance to Ghana of cocoa as an export crop and the problems which the cocoa industry faces in the country.

    Colonel Acheampong underlined cocoa's importance to Ghana, explaining that a Ministry of Cocoa Affairs had been established in the country. But the Head of State had also to announce that Ghana's share of the world cocoa market had dropped to 27 per cent, compared with the 37 percent share it held in the early 1960's. However, he emphasised that all effort is to be made to bring Ghana back to pre-eminence in cocoa production and sales.

    But cocoa still remains the country's major export, accounting for some 65 per cent of total exports, valued at 100 million pounds sterling a year.

    International Cocoa Day was set up in 1959 at the Seventh Inter American Cocoa Conference held in Columbia. Ghana began celebrating the occasion in 1969.

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