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Produce Ghana Coconuts
Varieties West Africa Tall Palm Ghana Yellow Dwarf Brazil Green Dwarf
Common Names Coco
Packing Jute bags
Availability (Season) Throughout the year
Transportation Conditions Well aerated containers Controlled temperature of about 0°C
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There is a joke in Ghana that every street has a coconut vendor. Ghana coconuts are known as the tree with a hundred uses due to the versatile use of the plant. In Ghana, about 4% of the population earn their income from the coconut industry. 

Coco Nucifera is the scientific name for the coconut tree. Ghana Coconuts are believed to have originated from Melanesia. The word coconut can be used interchangeably to describe the coconut palm tree, the fruits of the palm, or the seeds. It was until the 17th century when the name of the plant changed from coco to coconut. 

The endosperm of the coconut fruit is a whitish flesh. The coconut fruit contains a clear liquid referred to as coconut juice or water. 

Keta and Glidzi in Volta and the Western region are some of the significant producers of coconuts in Ghana. Small scale farmers mainly cultivate coconuts in Ghana with land averaging three hectares in size.  

About 36,000 hectares of land is dedicated to coconut farming in Ghana. The country is currently producing more than 400,000 metric tons of coconut annually, which is around over 200 million pieces of coconut fruits. 

Varieties of the coconut plant are in their hundreds. The variations are simplified into two, the dwarf and tall varieties. The names do not infer the size of the coconut palm when mature, but the size of the palm when it starts producing coconut fruits. The main coconut varieties in Ghana include;

West Africa Tall Palm

Ghana Yellow Dwarf

Brazil Green Dwarf

 Ghana Coconuts are grown in tropical areas that experience a hot and wet climate. A significant amount of sunshine and average temperatures of 27°C are other ecological requirements. Rainfall amount of 1500mm to 2500mm is paramount and should be well distributed throughout the year. 

Depending on the intended use of the coconut, it is harvested when mature or unripe. The harvesting process in Ghana involves climbing up the palm or using poles attached to knives to cut the fruit. Coconuts are packaged in the standard sisal bags. In the past year, Ghana exported just above 600 metric tons of coconuts worth about $2.1 million. The primary export market for Ghanaian coconuts are countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. 

Estimates indicate that the coconut industry will eclipse the $2.7 billion mark by the year 2021 worldwide. Our platform now allows users from any part of the world to take part in the trade if Ghanaian coconuts. The whole process is remarkably smooth, and you stand to benefit at the comfort of your couch. Register now to learn more. 

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