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Great potential for Ghana’s agro exports –Study

May 4, 2017, 12:19 p.m.

Given the spectrum of products and their sources, especially those from crops, Ghana has a huge potential to successfully compete with other exporters to the European Union (EU) market, a study into EU consumer preferences and importer demands has revealed.

This would however be dependent on strategic policy directions, decisions and programmes adopted for selected products.
The study which was undertaken by the European Business Organisation (EBO) in Ghana was commissioned by the Ghanaian government with funding from the EU.

“In order to upscale the performance of this sub-sector in international agri-trade, both the state and non-state actors need to cooperate, collaborate and coordinate their efforts into an aggressive and resilient force in order to accelerate the growth and development of the sector,” the study disclosed.

In the short to medium term, the Ghanaian community of scientists and technologists should be provided the full backing to enable them prosecute a national research and experimentation agenda.

The report recommended as priority the adoption or adaptation of state-of-the-art production technologies and best-bet practices for the selected industries (plant and animal alike), adoption of the state-of-the-art processing technologies, techniques and best-bet practices and adaptation of state-of-the-art packaging technologies, processes and best-bet practices as well as packaging materials.

The state actors will, as an imperative, create and maintain an enabling business environment through pragmatic policies, legal frameworks, programmes, and enforcement regimes. The private sector, as business wisdom will dictate, will then invest in the development and adoption of relevant technologies and techniques and associated international best-bet practices.

MoTI, MoFA and MoF need to introduce a comprehensive, ambitious, yet realistic portfolio of policies, programmes, and support systems and structures direly needed to promote, sustain and accelerate the growth and development of the Ghanaian agro-exports sub-sector the from the immediate term through to long-term