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Ghana Agricultural News Digest – August 25, 2014

2014 August 25
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by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on Agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural Issues
Food and Agriculture Organization Promotes Sustainable Farming
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are exploring ways of implementing the Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM) project in Upper East Region. This came to light when a Senior Water Resources Officer of FAO  in charge of the Regional Office for Africa,  Mr. Ruhiza  Jean  Boroto and the Programme Assistant officer of  FAO  also at the Regional Office, undertook a fact finding  tour  of  the level of  implementation of the  project. Mr. Boroto lauded the integrated approach to SLWM, which led to improved crop yields and improved food security and climate change adaptation in the area.

 ACA World Cashew Festival and Expo Return to Accra in November
The African Cashew Alliance’s prestigious World Cashew Festival and Expo returns to Ghana for the second year running, with a 4-day event beginning on November 11, 2014 at the Accra International Conference Centre. Over 400 delegates from all over the world and from all levels of the cashew value chain will converge, to forge business deals, share knowledge and discuss the future of the industry, at an event which will bring in over $1 million USD to the Ghanaian economy in the space of 4 days. Although Ghana’s cashew industry is relatively small by global standards, cashew processing in Ghana ranks among the most industrialized in Africa, and the country by now has the capacity to process far more cashews than it harvests.

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Dollars and sense

2014 August 20
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Ghana Agricultural News Digest – August 18, 2014

2014 August 18
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Below are some current developments on Agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural Issues
Breeders Bill will Protect Local Plant Breeders - Scientist
Dr. Stephen Amoah, a Research Scientist of the Crop Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has described the Plant Breeders Bill currently before Cabinet as a positive development. He said the Bill will help address the interests of plant breeders as well as promote agricultural productivity. Debunking the allegations from certain quarters that the Breeders Bill, when passed, would give the giant seed companies’ monopoly over seeds and denying farmers of affordable seeds, Dr. Amoah explained that the Bill would provide the legal framework for breeders’ investment and efforts to be recognized and necessary royalties paid to breeders. “The Bill when passed into law will provide an incentive to stimulate new breeding initiatives that will focus on national development, provide a ….

Embrace GMOs for Food Security
Dr. Mrs. Marian Quain, a Senior Research Scientist has called on Ghanaians to embrace the use of biotechnology in agricultural production to ensure increased crop yields. Dr. Quain, who is also the head of Biotechnology Research Programme at the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-CRI) argued that there is the need for the country to adopt improved means of food production to meet the rising food needs of the populace because of Climate Change and increased pressure on the available arable land due to increasing population. She made the suggestion during a presentation at a three-day day workshop for Northern Sector journalists at Fumesua, near Kumasi. Dr. Quain warned that: “With Climate Change, if we go on with agriculture as we always do, we will go begging for food in the….

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Ghana Agricultural News Digest – August 11, 2014

2014 August 11
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Below are some current developments on Agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural issues
Farmers must Add Value to Products
The Deputy General Secretary of General Agricultural Workers’ Union (GAWU), Edward Kareweh is calling on Ghanaian farmers to concentrate on adding value to their products for domestic use rather than exporting. His call comes on the back of an European Union (EU) temporary ban on exports of vegetables from Ghana to their region. The ban was put in place after EU authorities identified some vegetables from Ghana which did not meet their quality standards. This is not the first time Ghanaian farmers and exporters have had to face this setback having failed to meet set benchmarks. Some months ago, mangoes from Ghana was also banned because of fly infestation.

Lack of Agriculture Extension Agents Affecting Farming
Lack of adequate agriculture extension agents in the Upper Manya-Krobo District is hampering agriculture in the District as the main occupation of the people is farming. The GNA Media Auditing and Development Tracking Project Team, sponsored by STAR-Ghana, has gathered that with a population of over 29,000 farmers,  the district could boost of only a little over 26 Extension Agents with a ratio of 1,115 farmers per an extension officer. The few Agriculture Extension Agents operating in the district are also seriously handicapped. They have no access to motorbikes to be able to visit nearby communities. This is affecting the farmers who are not getting the technical knowledge and directions in agriculture as expected and this sometimes result in poor yield.

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Ghana Agricultural News Digest – August 4, 2014

2014 August 4
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by Gladys Baaba Arhin

Below are some current developments on Agriculture in Africa:

Agricultural issues
Investment in Agric Already Yielding Impressive Results - Mahama
President John Mahama has given indication that government’s recent increased investment in the agric sector has already begun yielding impressive results. The President early on in the year announced plans to invest heavily in Ghanaian products which have the potential for export. He also hinted of plans to ban the importation of a number of imported goods. In line with this, government promised to revamp the Komenda sugar factory, Pawlugu Tomato factory and has also extended about GHC 50 million to Poultry and rice farmers to support them increase their production capacity. $270 million was spent last year on the importation of poultry products while $467million was spent on rice imports.

Cocoa Processing Company Needs Capitalisation - Shareholders
Shareholders of the Cocoa Processing Company Limited (CPC) have called on the  majority shareholders to recapitalise the company to enable it to discharge its duties more effectively. The President of the CPC Shareholders Association, Mr. Sas George, who made the call, said the majority shareholders, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Ministry of Finance and Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), must come together to inject additional capital into the company to solve its problems. Speaking at the 2013 annual general meeting of the company, he said: “We are in this country and foreign investors will come and buy our own cocoa beans and use our machines to process it, yet our company cannot do the same. This is unacceptable and I’m challenging our majority shareholders to act now.”

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