Ghana’s President has announced another social intervention for Ghanaian students. Nana Akufo-Addo is promising free chocolate daily to every school going child from basic to the secondary level.
He opined that the move will seek to boost and promote the consumption of cocoa products.
“…[our] target is to provide every Ghanaian student with a bar of chocolate or cocoa beverage each day whilst in school,” he said at his year’s World Cocoa Day celebration in Kumasi which coincided with the 70th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Ghana Cocoa Board.
President Akufo-Addo further added that: “It is for this reason that the Ministry of Agriculture through COCOBOD, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection through the school feeding programme, and the Ministry of Education through the Ghana Education Service, are to ensure the sustained provision of cocoa beverages and chocolates to school children from primary school to secondary level.”
Cocoa is the chief agricultural export of Ghana and the country's main cash crop. Behind Ivory Coast, Ghana is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world.
However, the consumption of cocoa products locally has not been up to the expected level.
The Ghana Cocoa Board had earlier appealed to Ghanaians to patronize locally produced cocoa products instead of foreign ones at a media launch of the 2017 Cocoa Day in Kumasi.