|Certified Group||Membership||Total Certified Acreage
|Total Certified Volume (Metric Tonnes)||Type of certification|
|Transroco sustainability programme -1||500||1,020||622||UTZ|
|Transroco sustainability programme -2||4,672||6,000||UTZ|
|Offinso fine Flavour Cooperative||710||1,628||400||Fair-trade|
- Harvesting only fully matured pods especially when the pod color is greenish-yellow
- Separation of disease pods & pod breaking is done using a non- sharp edge club to prevent injury to the farmer and the beans.
- Fermentation using fermentation boxes as well as the conventional banana leaves. Farmers reminded to observe the approved fermentation period since this has influence on the flavour and taste of end products
- Drying, Bagging & Storage of beans in hygienic conditions and acceptable moisture levels.
Traceable Cocoa beans sold, 2016/17 Table 3
|District||Traceable Volume (Metric Tonnes)|
To ensure traceability to the specific society, a recording system is adopted to identify each society. These are clearly and easily identifiable thus enabling traceability through to the society level.
The same coding system is used in all documentations and instructions to ensure uniformity of references and ease of use. The unit of traceability is the society. Relevant records for traceability that should be readily accessible include the name of the society, name of the purchasing clerk, date of purchase, quantity of cocoa purchased and the purchasing history of the PC.
Transroyal has also put in place the following measures to curb mixing of certified/Traceable cocoa from the conventional cocoa.
Ø Transroyal conduct yield estimates of all registered producers under the special programs within the District in order to have a fair understanding of the quantity of Certified/Traceable cocoa for a particular season or year coming from the district.
Ø The district places a clear and unique visual identification on each and every bag containing Certified/Traceable cocoa.
Ø There are separate/designated storage places for Certified/Traceable and Conventional beans both at the society and the district level.
Ø Each society in each District is given drop marks for each cocoa bag at the society level.
Below is a sample of Transroyal district drop mark for a district in Western Region;
017 – Licensed Buying Company Identification number (Transroyal Ghana Limited)
WN- Cocoa Region Identification Number (Western North)
01- Cocoa District Identification number
20- Society Identification number
Ø Primary evacuation way bill is prepared by the purchasing clerk, indicating the quantity of cocoa, date of evacuation, name of the society and the name of the Purchasing Clerk.
Ø At the district level, the traceability officer ensures that certify/traceable beans are strictly not mixed with the conventional beans.
Ø At the port of exportation, certify/traceable beans are taken to a designated traceable warehouse for shipment.
Ø During shipment, certified/traceable cocoa are loaded in bags into containers in order to prevent mixing of certified/traceable cocoa with conventional cocoa.