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Ghana’s cash crop of the future: coconuts but little with regulation

By: Raphael Tetteh

Coconut is a cash-tree that receives very little attention yet has great adaptation and incredible plasticity features. It is an undemanding plant that adapts too many soil types and climates.

Coconuts grow on large palm trees known scientifically as Cocos nucifera. Despite the name, the coconut is botanically considered a fruit rather than a nut. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, coconut water is believed to help digestion, urination, and even semen production. It has also traditionally been used to treat dehydration and given as ceremonial gifts throughout the tropics. While it may not be a miracle cure, it does, have many health benefits.

Coconut water is the juice found in the center of a young, green coconut. It helps nourish the fruit. As the coconut matures, some of the juice remains in liquid form while the rest ripens into the solid white flesh known as coconut meat. Coconut water forms naturally in the fruit and contains 94% water and very little fat.

It should not be confused with coconut milk, which is made by adding water to grated coconut meat. Coconut milk contains about 50% water and is very high in coconut fat. Some Ghanaians take in coconut without knowing the health benefits but rather, the sole satisfaction gain from the coconut water and coconut meat. However, have you ever considered the coconut seller? The processes they go through before the coconut gets to the final consumer and how lucrative the coconut business is.

Today, during the hours of 2 to 3 postmeridian, The cameras of Adoatv zoomed the streets of Rawlings park as the sun scorches in a higher temperature, this compelled the reporter to get something liquid to cool down his temperatures. As I gaze swiftly the environs I find myself, I came across a coconut seller and ordered for one to procure the ease satisfaction I craved for. After a smooth marketing process between the coconut seller and I. We both displayed a cordial conversation and I got to know his name as Kwame Briefcase.

Eliciting some vital information from Kwame on the coconut fruit business, he tells me that: “The coconut is from Agona Sweduro, the cars conveying it always break down and even sometimes have an effect on patronage and results in low-profit margins. Again, a hundred pieces of coconut go for GHC140 so if you are able to buy two hundred, then you can get a profit of  Ghc300.

Additionally, concerning the new tune of demand for coconuts, some people will ask for straw and tissues to compliment the enjoyment of the fruit outside, so I have also decided to add it to my business upon the popular request. With the trick behind how to know which type of coconut has only water or coconut meat, you can only tell by looks to just know whether there’s coconut meat in it or not, based on experience too.

Finally, issues I personally face with the business is that, when you leave the coconuts here at my storage place, people from nowhere will also come for it and sell them out for a cheaper price.

Source: Adoanewsonline.com

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