Cote d’Ivoire will continue to consolidate its gains in the cocoa industry as the world’s number one producer.
Madam Massandje Toure-Litse, Chief Executive Officer of the Regulation, Stabilization and Development Board of the Coffee and Cocoa sector (Le Conseil du Café-Cacao) said the objective was to develop a sustainable coffee and cocoa economy through the re-organisation of the production and improvement of the productivity.
She said Le Conseil du Café-Cacao was to promote good governance and transparency in resource management and setting up of a strong inter-professional body built on reliable producer organization.
Madam Toure-Litse was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Abidjan by courtesy of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority on the sideline of the ongoing international forum for Investments in Côte d’Ivoire 2014.
She said her outfit continued to secure producer’s income by ensuring that a minimum guaranteed price as well as the setting up of conditions for raising indoor and outdoor consumptions.
She said the country was working to improve the living and working conditions of coffee and cocoa producers, adding that, government was providing such farming communities with solar generated electricity, schools, health centres and other social amenities.
Madam Toure-Litse said the programme aimed at increasing producers’ and their communities’ income through the improvement of coffee and cocoa productivity and quality.
She said public-private-partnership in the coffee and cocoa sector was designed to set up a permanent joint consultation and dialogue between the actors involved in the value chain of the coffee and cocoa sector.
She said her organization met regularly with its Ghanaian counterpart, Cocoa Board to share ideas for mutual benefits.
The CEO said Le Conseil du Café-Cacao had over 500 extension officers on the ground to monitor, supervise and educate the farmers on cocoa production.
She said good farming practices and the provision of quality seeds to farmers for propagation was yielding good result for them. GNA