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Farmer in sweet trip out of Africa.

Byline: By Catherine Lillington

AN award-winning African farmer who produces a whopping 2,000 kilos of cocoa for every one of his 80 hectares came to Birmingham to see it turned into chocolate.

As part of his prize, Nicholas Kwabeng left his home in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana to make his first visit to England and the Cadbury factory in Bournville.

The company first began trading with the country 100 years ago.

Nicholas was rewarded by the state-run Ghana Cocoa Board, which is supplied by some 500,000 farmers.

The 58-year-old, who has two wives and six children, said: "This is a beautiful factory. I don't know anything about the Cadbury history but I'm here to learn.

"I was awarded farmer of the year after my farm was examined and I was told I'm following good practices, applying technology and the yield per hectare was good."

The annual visit ties in with this year's launch of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership which will see pounds 30 million spent on producers.

Farms in the country are typically small holdings and the bid will try to improve productivity and livelihoods.

David Croft, who looks after company relations with farmers, said: "There's a lot of history with Cadbury and Ghana intertwined.

"All the chocolate made here in Bournville comes from Ghana cocoa beans.

We are very proud of that history."

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