The Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), has distributed over 100,000 cocoa to 25 farmer groups in the Eastern Region as part of efforts to boost cocoa production in the country.
The seedlings according to Dr Yaw Adu Ampomah, Deputy Chief Executive of COCOBOD are early fruit-bearing species that would start fruiting within 18 months.
Despite the early maturation period of these cocoa species, it is said to “have the same quality as the old type brought by Tetteh Quarshie”.
He pointed out that the tree seedlings, apart from helping the cocoa plantation to thrive would also bring money to the farmers as it’s trunk can be cultivated later as lumber.
Dr Ampomah cautioned farmers to ensure best farm practices and to clear their farms of weeds to avoid spread of diseases.
The distribution was done to coincide with the 80th anniversary celebration of the Institute at Akyem-Tafo.
CRIG was established as a central cocoa research station by the colonial government in 1938 to find the cause of the swollen shoot disease discovered by a farmer at Akwadum near Koforidua.
It used to be known as the West Africa Cocoa Research Institute (WACRI).
The research station at the time provided service to all the English speaking colonies of West Africa where cocoa was grown.
It was renamed CRIG after Ghana’s independence, while the other countries established their own cocoa research centres.
CRIG, according to its Executive Director, Dr Franklin Amoah, has outstations at Bunso and Afosu for cocoa, coffee and cola research. It also has another outstation in Bole for cashew and shea-nut research.
Besides, the Institute has cocoa plantations at Mabang and Acherensua in the Ashanti Region, Worakese in Central and Wantram in Western.
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