Ghana: 9 Cocoa Seed-Buying Companies Pay Gh¢101 Million to Cocobod – CEO

Nine cocoa seed-buying companies have paid a total of GH¢101 million out of GH¢137 million debt owed the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).

The nine companies including Evadox Limited and Brasoman Company Limited are part of 17 companies which had failed to pay for cocoa seeds for more than four cocoa seasons and had ceased to operate.

One other company, Royal Commodities, currently operating and indebted to the board, had been put on a payment plan to settle its debt, according to the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Cocoa Board, Joseph Boahen Aidoo.

This came to light when the management of COCOBOD appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament to respond to infractions contained in the 2021 Auditor-General’s report.

The Board, he said had initiated legal action against some of the defaulting companies including Fortune Tree Company Ltd, Aboafo Buyers, Splendid Business Services, Nhyira Dua, Hyperlink Commodities and Yemon Ghana Ltd to recover the remaining GH¢35 million debts.

Attached to the legal action, Mr Aidoo noted were the guarantors of the seed buying companies to aid the debt recovery exercise, adding that “we are going after the guarantors of the collapsed companies to recover our funds.”

He indicated that the board had also engaged the vibrant companies on a payment plan which had enabled them settle the debt while operating profitably.

“We have taken the needed steps to recover all our seed funds which had been in arrears for a number of cocoa seasons. For those active companies, we have agreed on a payment plan and taken legal action against some of the defaulters. We are also actively pursuing guarantors of the seeds buying companies as well,” Mr Aidoo noted.