Farmers’ reactions to the rise in the price of cocoa paid to Côte d’Ivoire producers are not uniform. While some are happy, others believe it is a first step.
With our special correspondent in Yamossoukro, Stanislas Ndayishimiye
The notice of increase in the price of cocoa paid to the producer in Ivory Coastranging from 825 to 1000 CFA francs per kilos, has made producers “very happy”, estimates Jérôme Yao Kouakou, plants in Issia, in the midwestern Ivory Coast.
Announced Thursday by President Alassane Ouattara, on the occasion of the opening of “National Cocoa Day” in Yamoussoukro, this increase of 21% in the price of cocoa “Edge field” corresponds to “decent income difference”.
Eugénie Afoué Brou, plant in Bouaflé for 18 years, reacts to the rise in the price of “farm gate” cocoa
This is a premium of $ 400 per. Ton, negotiated by Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana with multinational chocolate companies coming into force in the 2020-2021 cocoa season.
“When you come together, you become strong. It would be important for us growers to see the two largest cocoa-producing countries in the world unite and defend our interests together, ”said Jérôme Yao Kouakou.
“A step forward”
Although necessary, the price increase announced at the start of the cocoa season, according to some producers’ unions, is not yet sufficient to live decently.
“It is a real step forward. As the price goes up, it is still important to know that cocoa will be recognized for its fair value. Because it’s all work that is done in the background to have the prayers that people see today until we arrive at transformation, ”says Fidèle Gnapié. A cocoa producer for 3 years near Lakota, she hopes there will be no more drop in price in the future.
To capture some of the added value of cocoa, Côte d’Ivoire also wants to double its processing capacity, which today is 500,000 tonnes, or a quarter of its production.
In total, Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s leading producer of cocoa with 40% of the market. Cocoa represents 10% of GDP, 40% of its export earnings and lives 5 million people or about a fifth of the Ivorian population, according to the World Bank.