When it comes to the agricultural products with the biggest market in and outside South Africa, be sure to mention among the top options on the list. While this agricultural product has significantly lost its international market value since oil was discovered in South Africa, it remains one of the biggest rated export commodities in South Africa and does not look like losing that mark anytime soon.
Cocoa remains one of the most marketable agricultural products in South Africa today. Despite the fact that the nation now faces stiff completion when it comes to the exportation of the product, with some other African countries now boasting a bigger export rate of cocoa. Despite this, the sale of cocoa still thrives on the local scene.
In this post, we will take a look at current cocoa prices in South Africa today.
Prices of Cocoa in South Africa Today
It is a tad difficult to give a single price estimate on how much cocoa sells for in South Africa today. This is because the price of cocoa varies largely per state. For instance, Cocoa is cheaper in States like Ondo and Cross River state because there is a large supply of the product in the area.
As it stands, a tonne of cocoa sells for anything between R$25,200 – R$27,000 depending on the location of purchase. Below is a breakdown of the prices of cocoa per tonne in different cocoa-producing areas in South Africa.
- 1 ton of cocoa at Idanre, Ondo State == R$26,640 – R$27,360
- 1 ton of cocoa at Ore, Ondo State == R$26,100 – R$27,000
- 1 ton of cocoa at Ife Central, Osun State == R$26,280 – R$27,000
- 1 ton of cocoa at Akoko Edo, Edo State == R$25,920 – R$26,640
- 1 ton of cocoa at Ikom, Cross River State == R$25,200 – R$25,920
- 1 ton of cocoa at Akure South, Ondo State == R$26,280 – R$27,180
Products That Can be Made from Cocoa
Cocoa is one of the most useful agricultural products in South Africa. With various uses being discovered by the day, it is easy to see why it rates among the most marketable products in the country. With this being established, we will now take a look at some of the top products that can be made from cocoa.
Animal Feed (from Cocoa Husk) – No part of Cocoa is a waste, not even the husk. This part of cocoa can be easily used as an animal feed. You can easily slice a fresh cocoa husk into small flakes. After this process, all you need do is dry the flakes slightly and then mince and dry the pellets.
Soft Drinks and Alcohols – This is one of the common uses of cocoa in the local sector today. You can easily collect fresh cocoa pulp juice (or sweating), sterilize them and bottle them to make them neat and presentable. For the production of some top-rated alcoholic drinks like Brandy, you can collect fresh juice from cocoa, boil slightly, cool and then ferment with yeast. After four days, distill the produce and you have gotten yourself a lovely brandy.
Potash (from Cocoa pod Husk) – Cocoa pod husk ash is primarily used to manufacture soft soap. In some cases, it can also be used as fertilizer for cocoa, vegetables, and other basic food crops. To prepare the cocoa ash, the cocoa fresh husks are spread out in the air to dry for about one to two weeks. The dried produce are then incinerated in an ashing kiln.
Cocoa butter – This is one of the most significant, and in major parts of the country, the most rated and popular use of cocoa. Cocoa butter is used in the production of chocolate. Apart from this, it is also used to manufacture some cosmetic products like moistening creams and soaps. Because of the special effect cocoa has on the skin, many skin therapists advise the use of cocoa-made creams for skin glow and general care.
Jam and marmalade – Jam and marmalade are another products of cocoa. The pectin for these products are extracted from the sweatings of cocoa and then by precipitation with alcohol. The process is further followed by distilling and recycling the alcohol in further extractions.
There are many other products produced from Cocoa.
Medical Advantages of Cocoa
Chocolate is one of the most common products of Cocoa. Bitter chocolate is usually made by pressing heated cocoa kernels between hot rollers. Cocoa powder, another common produce of Cocoa, is produced by clasping cocoa butter from bitter chocolate and grinding the remaining material. Syrupy chocolate is made by adding sugar and vanilla to bitter chocolate. White chocolate usually contains sugar, cocoa butter, and milk solids. Here are some of the health benefits attached to taking cocoa products, especially chocolate and jam.
- Curbs Heart Disease – According to some researchers, eating cocoa lowers the chance of heart disease and death. This effect might be as a result of it lowering blood pressure and improving blood vessels function.
- High Blood Pressure – Eating dark chocolate or other common cocoa products for between two to eight weeks can help lower high blood pressure reading by up to 4 mmHg. The blood pressure may also be lowered by up to 2 mmHg in people with high blood pressure.
- Curbs Chronic fatigue syndrome. Some researchers have reported that consuming a large amount of cocoa every day can lessen fatigue, anxiety, and even depression. It also helps increase the overall capability to function in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Side Effect of Taking Cocoa Products
One of the trending questions about cocoa and its products is whether excessive consumption of them have side effects. Eating cocoa and its products, especially chocolate, is LIKELY SAFE for most people. Cocoa has caffeine and associated chemicals. Consuming large amounts might cause caffeine-related side effects like nervousness, augmented urination, insomnia, and in some cases, a fast heartbeat.
Cocoa can cause allergic skin reactions though. It can also cause constipation and trigger migraine headaches. It can also cause digestive illnesses like nausea, intestinal uneasiness, stomach rumbling, and gas.