Kuapa Kokoo Limited (KKL), a local licenced cocoa buying company, has made some remarkable gains – recording 945,544 bags of cocoa purchases from farmers, being 59,096.9 metric tonnes of cocoa beans out of a targetted 70,000 metric tonnes for the 2017/18 crop season.
The 99 percent target achievement is 7,714.4 metric tonnes of cocoa beans, which translates to 123,423 bags of cocoa – more than the total output for the 2016/17 crop season purchases of 822,121 bags, representing 51,382.56 metric tonnes of cocoa beans.
The Managing Director-KKL, Mr. Samuel Adimado said: “Kuapa Kokoo Ltd. during the 2016/17 main season purchased 761,038 bags of cocoa. We, however, purchased 61,083 bags during the 2017 light crop season”.
However, he explained that 2017/18 crop season set a target of 70,000 metric tonnes of cocoa beans, which is broken down into 60,000 metric tonnes in the main crop and 10,000 metric tonnes in the 2018 light crop.
But as at week 7 ending, 16th August 2018 through the 2018 light crop, KKL has been able to purchase 54,323 bags (3,395.19 metric tonnes) of cocoa.
The advances recorded among others has contributed to bring the market share of KKL from 4.23% to 7% as at the current season. Additionally, KKL has also moved from the LBC grade of 12th position to 5th position, according to Mr. Adimado.
He also disclosed that the Quality Control Company can attest to the fact that Kuapa Kokoo was the first company among the LBCs to organise its farmers to recondition stocks of black beans for grading and sealing in their various depots across the country.
The gains made was among others attributed to the timely delivery of funds; provision of tools of trade to all depots and recorders and proper motivation of farmers, both in cash and in kind, that is tools, bonuses, and commission.
The Managing Director of KKL, who was speaking at a press engagement to share the strategic directions and core vision of the newly-elected executives of the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers’ Cooperative Union in Kumasi, indicated that every effort is being made to sustain the feat achieved.
“We will do our utmost best using our newly-acquired technological tools like ‘Teleagric’ and others to continue this in a more sustainable manner.”
He also strongly observed that KKL is keen on ensuring transparency in all its dealings and business operations.
“Our resolve to fighting corruption remains intact, since our new leaders have endorsed an anti-corruption campaign with the assurance and support to even go beyond what we have started,” he stated.
The president of Kuapa Kokoo Farmers’ Cooperative Union, Madam Fatima Ali – who was recently re-elected to for another four-year team, in her interactions with journalists recounted a number of measures put in place to bring improvement to union members’ livelihoods.
These new measures fall under four main pillars of the Kuapa Kokoo Sustainable Development Programme (KKSDP): Productivity enhancement and environmental protection; Alternative livelihood interventions to improve farmer income; Provision of health care service to members; and Child protection and ethical labour interventions.
For instance, she observed that the state of the art TeleAgric Centre that has been established w leverage technology for enhanced extension services by improving the knowledge base of KKFU members on new agricultural technologies and techniques.
Again, it is expected that this will strengthen the link between cocoa farmers and the relevant technical agricultural services and academia – including input and output markets, provide timely information to farmers on weather, farm inputs and markets.
The technology to be deployed is further aimed to create and disseminate best cocoa farming and agribusiness practices.
The other newly-elected executive members also took time to share some of the new strategies being pursued; including climate-smart Agric practices, and also a gender programme instituted to enhance participation of women in the decision-making process at all levels of operation and organisation.