One of VADEMCO’s long term goal is to be an exporter of high grade Liberian cocoa as value added to its cocoa intensification activities. VADEMCO initiated this activity in 2019 and intensified it in 2020. In March 2020, VADEMCO registered as the only Liberian Cocoa License Buying Company in Liberia. Special award was given to VADEMCO by LACRA for its initiatives. By the middle of 2020, 1.6 million Liberia Dollars (approximately US$10,000.00) was spent on cocoa beans purchase from old folk farms and cocoa producers in communities. The cocoa was processed using solar dryers and fermentation block and this resulted into production of high grade cocoa.
In this reporting period, VADEMCO constructed six (6) solar dryers to improve cocoa beans drying in Bong and Lofa Counties. Solar dryers are constructed in close proximities to old folk farms to enhance training of youth brigade members in proper cocoa beans processing for high grade. Maps of old folks farm rehabilitation activities are presented in latter pages of this report. Below is one of the solar dryers