Former Ambassador to China Edward Boateng has stated that he does not believe China will pose a significant threat to Ghana as it begins to grow its own cocoa.
The Asian country is said to have exported to Belgium its first batch of 500 kg cocoa beans worth approximately $3,600.
He stated, “I believe China has made progress in developing cocoa, but I do not believe they will pose a significant threat to us.
” There are numerous factors that contribute to our competitive advantage.”
“We have a competitive advantage because of the climate in West Africa, and we also have more land to grow cocoa than China.
” Yes, China is a larger country, but Ghana has far more arable land available for agriculture than China.
Organisations like the Ghana Cocobod and the Concerned Farmers Association have expressed worry about the development.
But In an interview with Citi Business News which was monitored by our news team, Ambassador Boateng stated that based on several variables, China may not be able to produce cocoa at a rate that would be alarming for Ghana.
The former Ambassador however stated that the development presented an opportunity for the country to begin looking at other products made from Cocoa to stay relevant.
“I think what we should be looking at is how much more can we do with our cocoa. That is the way I would look at it. In terms of our competitive advantage, I still think that we as a nation have more room to develop more products with our cocoa.”
“Everybody talks about chocolate but there are a lot of other product lines like wines, soaps, body creams of all types, desserts and other different types of things we can do.”
The Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) announced that for the first time, South China’s island province of Hainan exported cocoa beans to Belgium.
The cocoa batch is said to have been produced in Xinglong, a Hainan township with a tropical climate.