Skip to content

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – May 4, 2015

2015 May 4
Comments Off
by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural Issues
Young Cocoa Farmers form Association in Western Region
Five thousand young cocoa farmers in two districts and a municipality in the Western Region have come together to form an association. The Akuafo Anigye Young Cocoa Farmers Association is to bring all young cocoa farmers under one umbrella with the primary responsibility to resuscitate and preserve the once vibrant cocoa industry, facilitate effective communication among members, as well as imbibe in them the spirit of hardwork and good agronomic practices. It is also to encourage the youth from Ellembelle, Jomoro and Nzema East to take advantage of the many opportunities the cocoa industry offer, initiate additional livelihood programmes such as livestock production and ensure elimination of worse forms of child labour.

Ministry Bans Poultry Imports from Burkina Faso
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has banned the importation of poultry and poultry products from Burkina Faso, following the outbreak of Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu, in that country. The Veterinary Service Directorate of the ministry has also increased its surveillance activities in the Volta, Upper East and Upper West regions to prevent a possible outbreak in Ghana. A statement signed by the acting Director of Veterinary Services, Dr Ben Aniwa, and issued in Accra urged the public to avoid using their bare hands to handle dead birds and also cook meat and eggs properly before eating. “The general public is to quickly report any unusual deaths in domestic, as well as, wild birds to the nearest veterinary office,” it said. Bird flu is a viral infection that is hosted by birds and spread from bird to bird. The disease may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s…

read more...

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – April 27, 2015

2015 April 27
Comments Off

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural Issues
President Mahama Announces Incentive Package for Cocoa Farmers
President John Dramani Mahama on Friday announced a number of incentives for cocoa farmers to inspire them to step up production in the coming years. He said: "Apart from the on-going free fertilizers and spraying exercises, government is also providing free 50 million hybrid seedlings and solid extension services to the farmers." President John Dramani Mahama said this when he inaugurated the Touton Cocoa Processing Company in Tema, in the Greater Accra Region. Touton Cocoa Processing Company, which started buying cocoa from Ghana since 1988, currently has a working staff of 150 people with the view to leveraging employment opportunities among the Ghanaian youth. President Mahama said government had also earmarked $2 million dollars for the construction of well-equipped basic schools in deprived cocoa growing communities with libraries, boreholes and other amenities to keep …

COCOBOD Increases Scholarships to Farmers Wards
The COCOBOD has increased its scholarships to the children of cocoa farmers in various public Senior High Schools from 3,500 to 5,000 students annually. The increase is to enable more children of cocoa farmers to have access to secondary education, and it takes effect from the 2014/15 academic year. The Deputy Administrative Manager of COCOBOD Scholarship Scheme, Mr. Joe Baah announced this at a cocoa farmer’s forum in the Osino District on cocoa health and good farming methods at Akyem Sekyere near Anyinam. He said forms for the scholarship had been sent to the quality control division offices for collection by cocoa farmers on behalf of their wards. Mr. Baah said some of the scholarship forms had also been sent to public Senior High Schools.

read more...

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – April 21, 2015

2015 April 21
Comments Off
by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural Issues
Cocoa Production to Rebound
Expectations are high among farmers that cocoa production will hit its peak in the mid-crop season on the back of favorable weather and improved farming practices. Cocoa bean output in the main crop season (September- March) has been disappointing -- falling below the target of 600,000 metric tonnes and raising concerns that Ghana could miss its annual production target of 810,000 metric tonnes as cocoa production in the mid-crop season (May- August) has over the years accounted for just about 15 to 20 percent of the total harvest. The Deputy National Chief Farmer, Nana Agyei Damoa, is however optimistic Ghana will record a bumper cocoa harvest in the mid-season as farmers have recovered from the menace of black pod disease and low rainfall experienced in the main crop season.

COCOBOD Distributes Seedlings to Farmers
The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has begun the free distribution of 50 million cocoa seedlings to farmers nationwide. The exercise that would run between April and July this year would ensure that all registered cocoa farmers in the country received free hybrid seedlings. It formed part of efforts to raise the country’s cocoa output from the current 850,000 tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes. The Executive Director of the Seed Production Unit (SPU) of COCOBOD, Dr Isaac Yaw Opoku, disclosed this to the Daily Graphic in Accra. The initiative is aimed at ensuring that the country’s annual cocoa output equaled or overtook that of Cote d’Ivoire, which harvested about 1.7 million tonnes of the crop in the 2013/14 crop season.

read more...

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – April 13, 2015

2015 April 13
Comments Off
by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural Issues
Cocoa Sector Suffering because Government Bastardized Kufuor’s Project - Dr. Afriyie Akoto
Government is struggling to recoup $1.7 billion it injected into the cocoa sector after the “blatant dissipation” of farmers' resources, Dr.  Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minority spokesperson on agriculture has said. He told Joy News, farmers have no incentive to increase production, mentioning that Government owes cocoa farmers their three-year bonus to the tune of over 100 million cedis. Also instead of at least tripling producer price last year, the government only doubled it after many years of non-increment. This, according to Dr. Owusu Akoto, has influenced the smuggling of Ghana’s cocoa to the neighbouring countries, stressing, “The producer price is so wide, making it attractive for people to smuggle our cocoa to Togo.” He is worried Government’s attitude towards the sector poses a risk to its ability to pay back the cocoa syndicated loan it secured last year.

Cocoa Production to Hit 1.2million Tonnes this Year
Total cocoa production for the 2014/2015 season will hit 1.2 million metric tonnes, Michael Gyasi, Suhum District Cocoa Officer of the Extension and Health Division of COCOBOD, has hinted. He said available records indicate that production of the commodity will rise from the current figure which is below one million metric tonnes by the end of the lean season. Mr. Gyasi said government is working hard to achieve and sustain the set targets in the bid to ensure that the country becomes the world leader in cocoa production by next year.

read more...

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – April 7, 2015

2015 April 7
Comments Off
by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural Issues
Local Farmers to Benefit from GH¢90 million Agric Subsidy
Farmers are to benefit from a GH¢90 million subsidy on fertilizer and seeds this year, the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Mr. Fifi Kwetey, has said. At the 2015 Fertilizer and Seed Subsidy Programme in Accra last Monday, Mr. Kwetey said the subsidy would target smallholder farmers cultivating maize, rice, sorghum and millet, emphasizing that food crop farmers would be given the priority. Currently, the government is subsidizing fertilizer at about 21 per cent… Agriculture is Ghana’s most important economic sector, employing more than half the population on a formal and informal basis and accounting for almost half of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and export earnings. The country produces a variety of crops in various climatic zones which range from dry savanna to wet forest and which run in east-west bands across the country. Agricultural crops such as yam, grains, cocoa, oil palm, kola nuts and timber form the base of the country’s economy.

Poultry Farmers Contest EDAIF’s GH¢7.7 million Claim
The Ghana Poultry Farmers Association (GNAPF) says none of its members has received grants from the Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF) to revamp their farms. Subsequently, the association has challenged EDAIF to publish the names of beneficiaries of the GH¢7.7 million it claims to have disbursed to the poultry farmers in the country as grants. “If they claim they have really given GH¢ 7.7 million to the poultry farmers in the country, they should name those who have benefitted from the grant,” the Chairman of the association, Mr. Kwadwo Asante, said in an interview with the GRAPHIC BUSINESS on March 20….The government, in 2013, indicated that it had initiated an intervention to revamp the poultry sector. Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, the then Minister of Trade and Industry, who signed the correspondence to GNAPF, said by the last quarter of 2014, there would be a stimulus support for the production of poultry to facilitate the economic development of the country.  The cost was estimated at GH¢39.54 million.

read more...