DEVELOPMENT OF GLOBAL STANDARD FOR SUSTAINABLE COCOA AIDS IN ITS PRICING ON WORLD MARKETS
Last Updated: 2018-05-14
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By Lydia Kukua Asamoah

ACCRA, May 14 (NNN-GNA) -- Ghana has led efforts in the development of a new global standard for sustainable cocoa and this is aiding image pricing of its cocoa on world markets.

The standard has been adopted by the International Standards Organization (ISO) and is used internationally to measure cocoa quality level, says Professor Alex Dodoo, Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).

The achievement came through the support of the Netherlands Standards Institute and the Netherlands Government, he told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a three-day awareness workshop on standards, held in Accra, last week.

Prof Dodoo said a lot, however, remained to be done to ensure that farmers, processors, and the country obtained optimal benefits from the entire cocoa value-chain. Priority should be given to value addition to enable the nation to get more money from the crop, he added.

He said there were no issues about national standards and it was all about policy and financing to help the farmers and processors earn maximum returns.

The workshop was organised by the GSA, in partnership with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as part of the Authority’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The GSA was established to facilitate trade and businesses through promotion of standardization for the improvement of the quality of goods, services and sound management practices in industries and public institutions. -- NNN-GNA