Bad Roads, Unfavorable Price Hamper Cocoa Sector

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cocoa beans on the dryers, before being begged for market

As harvesting and selling of cocoa increases, farmers and dealers are complaining of the deplorable roads across the county as well as the primary roads connecting Grand Gedeh which are impediments to the sector.

According to George Howard, a cocoa dealer in Nimba, cocoa is being sold for L$175 per kilogram or US$1.48 and the price is expected to climb.

He said however that transporting  cocoa from the bush to Ganta remains one of the greatest challenges to the sector because the roads, including the primary and secondary ones, are all bad.

“We are facing problems because of the bad roads and the current exchange rate in the market,” he said.

David Gbeadeh, a cocoa farmer, told this paper, due to the bad conditions, cocoa buyers are not offering prices to their satisfaction.

Nimba is one of Liberia’s leading cocoa-producing counties

“By this time last year, we were offered L$ 200 per kilogram, but now they shifting all the blame on the bad road condition to reduce the price,” he said.

“This main road from Ganta to Grand Gedeh is a challenge for the movement of cocoa, but the farm to market roads are not too bad compared to the main road,” Napoleon Brewer, another farmer added.

Nimba is one of the leading cocoa producing counties, especially in the areas bordering the Ivory Coast.

Last year the prices of cocoa went up very high in the Liberian market, prompting the Ivorian farmers to shipped their cocoa to Liberia.

Cocoa season begins in July every year, but at a small scale and around October to December, the harvest increases. By January, it drops completely, but Howard said the cocoa season will likely extend to February, due to a new farming method.

Liberia does not have any factory where cocoa is processed, something farmers are yearning for.  The raw cocoa is exported to other countries which process and sell cocoa products on the world  market.

2 COMMENTS

  1. HORRIBLE ROADS WILL LEAD TO INCREASED PRICES OF ALL GOODS AND SERVICES IN LIBERIA! THE GOVERNMENT’S SOLE PURPOSE IS TO SOLELY FOCUS AND BE CONCERNED ABOUT MAINTAIN PEACE AND STABILITY OVER THE YEARS! IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE SUCH, ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF’S REGIME HAS ENCOURAGED AND BENEFITTED FROM RAMPANT CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM, AND CRONYISM. THUS, INSTEAD OF DEVELOPING THE NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE AS WELL, LIBERIA HAS BEEN AND IS STILL A NATION SURVIVING WITHOUT PROGRESS AND ADVANCEMENT! A PRIMARY EFFORT OF ANY GOVERNMENT AT DEVELOPING AND GROWING A NATION AND PEOPLE, IS HAVING REASONABLE ACCESS BY ROAD TRANSPORTATION TO ALL AREAS OF THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY ITS FARMING AND BUSINESS SECTORS! FARM TO MARKET ROADS HAVE BEEN AND ARE STILL A MAJOR IMPEDIMENT TO PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT IN AND OF LIBERIA! ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF, A LONG TIME GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL AND NOW PRESIDENT, SHOULD HAVE AND MUST KNOW THAT TOO! SHE FAILED LIBERIA AND LIBERIANS!

  2. Our[Liberian] Coaco and Coffee Farmers should form a cooperative and organize their own transportation system; in conjunction with the Ministry Of Agriculture. For our kinds of feeder roads we must have the right kinds of transportation equipment. The U.S have surplus military trucks. Those trucks are built for our kinds of feeder roads. Liberia should consider buying some of those trucks; primarily for use in the agriculture sector. The Coaco/Coffee Cooperative can also buy Tractors; hopefully with subsidies from the Government, to help ease the problem of transportation. The prices of Agricultural Products flutuate up and down. There must be some system put in place to come to the aids of farmers; in times of needs. In most western Countries, there are Farm Subsidies. The MONEY is raised by adding a surcharge to every AGRICULTURAL products purchased by the CONSUMERS. A mere three cents added to the prices of food products as farm subsidies, can make a big difference. However, that MONEY must be used for the intended purpose; SUBSIDIES to the Farmers, nothing else.

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