The Unit monitors biochemical attributes of dry cocoa nib and shells by analyzing its fat content, free fatty acid levels, pH as well as total yield. Since these attributes are crucial in the trading activities of marketers and buyers, data generated from the monitoring activity are guides in the taking of trading decisions. Furthermore, the unit determines the levels of pesticide residues in exportable cocoa prior to shipment overseas.
The laboratory has the capacity to confirm the presence of active ingredients in pesticides and other products. Periodically, the laboratory carries out surveillance on pesticide distribution on the field and markets and educates farmers on the effects of abuse of chemical usage. Analyses are exteHigh-Performance crops like cashew nuts, shea nut and butter, cocoa waste, etc. for other companies.
The laboratory is equipped with modern sensitive analytical instruments such as Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GCMS), High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS), Accelerated Solvent Extractor (ASE) and assorted instruments that provide us with a wide scope of analytical services. The laboratory will soon monitor the incidence of heavy metals (e.g. cadmium), polyaromatic hydrocarbons and other contaminants that are relevant to the cocoa trade, and provide scientific advice on how to reduce the prevalence of these contaminants.