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Ghana Finance Minister Stands Firm on End to Cocoa Subsidies

  • Payment support for cocoa farmers creates debt gap: Ofori-Atta
  • Ghana can negate pay cuts through charging export duties

Photographer: Jane Hahn/Bloomberg

As Ghanaian cocoa farmers prepare for the start of the next main harvest in less than two months, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said their compensation should be set according to international prices, even if it implies a pay cut.

The world’s second-biggest cocoa producer subsidized farmers’ pay over the past season that began last October after London prices for the beans fell by almost a third in the preceding 12 months. While cocoa staged a recovery this year on forecasts of a smaller surplus, it remains at least 10 percent below the local-currency equivalent when producer prices were set at 7,600 cedis ($1,598) per metric ton in October 2016.