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    Nigeria is bagging cocoa into jute sacks embossed with the name Ghana Cocoa Board for export.

    A Nigeria newspaper The Guardian reported, that the jute sacks abandoned in 2006 by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) because they did not meet international standards, have found their way to Nigeria through smuggling.

    This development, made known by the Centre for Cocoa Development Initiative, a Nigerian NGO, has, therefore, asked stakeholders in Cocoa Marketing, particularly those in Nigeria, to wake-up to the challenge posed by the sub-standard sacks.

    A press statement by the NGO's Chief Operating Officer, Robo Adhuze, in the Guardian said the use of COCOBOD�s embossed bags in the packaging of cocoa beans is unacceptable and capable of causing major embarrassments for Nigeria.

    �For Nigeria, this could lead to loss of credibility in the international market as beans originating from Nigeria may be rejected due to the presence of hydro-carbon and other forms of contamination,� Mr. Adhuze said.
    The statement said the use of hydrocarbon jute bags in packaging of cocoa beans had since 2006 been banned all over the world.

    �Food grade, a new hydrocarbon free jute bags, were introduced to replace the old hydrocarbon jute bags for health reasons� he said in the report.

    According to Mr. Adhuze, the banned jute bags were implicated in health issues by chocolate consumers due to contamination which led consumers in Europe and America to use only food grade jute bags in producing countries.

    Mr. Adhuze cautioned that the bags which are no more in use for packaging in Ghana were not safe for use by farmers, either in farms, during conveyance or storage.

    Alhaji Dramani Egala, Deputy Chief Executive of Ghana Cocoa Board in charge of operations, in response to the issue said the COCOBOD has no absolute control over either used bags or those no more in use.

    He said some of the sacks originated from some of the factories operating in Ghana since the sacks become their property whenever they buy the beans.
    Alhaji Egala said these sacks eventually end up with smugglers who take the COCOBOD embossed sacks to sell in some countries in West Africa.

    He said the situation looks like Ghana is feeding those West African countries with quality hydrocarbon free jute bags imported from Bangladesh.

    Alhaji Egala said in its attempt to curtail the trend, COCOBOD has decided to deface the sacks it uses as soon as the beans are emptied into the ships compartments for mega-bulk exports.

    He said factories operating in Ghana will also be asked to deface their sacks and also ensure that the empty sacks are well protected from smugglers.

    Alhaji Egala assured that there is no cause to panic about what is happening in Nigeria since any export of beans have to be accompanied by a certificate of origin showing where the beans are originating from.

    He said Ghana has a well established International market and solid institutional capacity to ensure that the grade of beans from Ghana meets the trust of its international buyers saying any fake representation at the world market will be easily identified.

    Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, Member of Parliament for Mion Constituency and chairman of Parliamentary Select Committee on Food, Agriculture, and Cocoa Affairs said the current situation does not augur well for the image of Ghana's cocoa beans.

    He said steps should be taken to address the issue immediately saying If necessary, COCOBOD should stop embossing any sacks until they are ready to be used.

    Dr. Alhassan said further steps should be taken to locate and retrieve the rejected hydrocarbon jute sacks in Ghana before any more could be smuggled outside.
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    This is what happens when you internationally crucify your country through elaborate 419 scams and deceit. You lose confidence in yourself and start using the emblems of other countries.

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    Dr. Alhassan said further steps should be taken to locate and retrieve the rejected hydrocarbon jute sacks in Ghana before any more could be smuggled outside.
    Really ? LOL
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    The Naija pest problem. what pest repellant to use is the question.

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