The former Minister of Water, Works and Housing under the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, has been sworn in as Board Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Board.

The swearing ceremony took place by the president, Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Mr. Owusu-Agyemang takes over from the immediate-past Board Chairman of COCOBOD, Daniel Ohene Agyekum, who served as Ashanti Regional Minister and Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.

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Swearing in the new appointees, President Nana Addo expressed worry that the interest in cocoa farming has waned in recent years.

“The government and I have made a commitment to raising production levels of cocoa to at least 1 million tonnes, and to process more than 50 percent of our cocoa beans. We have committed ourselves to finding new markets and improving our cocoa value chain. We are determined to make it a lucrative industry again. We are going to need your cooperation and full involvement,” he said.

Other members who were appointed to serve on the Board including Kwame Sarpong, Carlos Ahenkorah, Nana Johnson Mensah, among others.

The ceremony follows a probe into the activities of the former Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Frimpong over corruption allegations.