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Accra, March 22, 2016. The 2016 Ghana Vegetable Sector Business Opportunities Report was launched at the GhanaVeg Business Platform Meeting on Tuesday 22nd March. The first copy of the report was handed over to the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, by the Netherlands Acting Ambassador to Ghana, Ms. Caecilia Wijgers during a ceremony at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. The report presents key business cases and strategies for increasing vegetable production and sales in the domestic and export markets.
The 2016 Vegetable Sector Business Opportunities report provides in-depth analyses of the domestic vegetable sector; an analysis for private extension services; as well as a business cases for a medium-sized, professional export farm. The report also sheds light on how to combat the current phytosanitary problems, especially related to the False Codling Moth (FCM) and White Fly which were, to a large extent, responsible for the export ban on chilies and gourds.
Also featured in the report is the emerging certification scheme, Ghana Green Label, which focuses on reducing food safety risks in the local market. The scheme ensures that the activities of vegetable producers are carried out in an environmentally responsive and sustainable manner. This certification is targeted at the local Ghanaian market, but also tries to provide a platform for producers to enroll in other global certifications schemes such as GlobalGAP.
Speaking at the 11th Business Platform Meeting themed Getting the Basics Right – Agronomic Practices and Private Extension, the Netherlands Acting Ambassador to Ghana, Ms. Caecilia Wijgers, emphasized that “with this new report we expect that all vegetable companies have the information required to expand and innovate their business”. The report is the second in a series and focuses on key business opportunities in Ghana’s vegetables sector. “While the first report focused more on the export vegetables sector, the current report pays much attention to post-harvest innovations; like simple solutions for cold storage and packaging”. Also, the report proposes options for fresh delivery systems that bring quality vegetables closer to the consumers.
GHANAVEG LAUNCH FIRST BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES REPORT
Accra December 3. 2014. The Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Hans Docter said the Netherlands is the leading country in Greenhouse horticulture and vegetable exports globally which gives the opportunity to Ghana and the Netherlands to grow together in this field. The Ambassador also noted that the Netherlands Embassy through GhanaVeg can support companies who want to do ‘things differently’, investing in certification, introducing new crop varieties and improving the quality of vegetables in the retail sector. He said this during the launch of the First Business Opportunities Report at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Presentation of the BO Report
Mr. Hans Docter handed over the first copy of the Vegetables Business Opportunities Report to the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Fifi Fiavi Kwetey.
The Minister expressed his appreciation for the report and indicated that his Ministry fully supports modernizing agriculture and his ministry will work with the report. According to him quality standards in agriculture are non- negotiable. He advised that farmers should stop cutting corners and add value to their producein order to meet international standards. He promised that government will also invest in PPRSD to ensure that quality standards are adhered to across all sectors in agriculture.
The First Business Opportunities Report addresses the current performance, and overall business climate. The report includes a chapter on the Phytosanitory status of the vegetable sector in Ghana. Major bottlenecks and causes for non-compliance to sanitary and pytosanitory standards have been are identified, and the report proposes practical and innovative ways to improve food safety and plant health in vegetable chains. The Netherlands supports the system of digital phyto certification and will support the phytosanitary inspection office at the airport.
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