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GSSP Policy Dialogue

Monday, October 17, 2016

Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana

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Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP) is organizing a one-day policy dialogue to share policy recommendations emerging from selected research activities. This policy dialogue will bring together policymakers and development practitioners to offer actionable recommendations on some of the critical issues relevant for agricultural development in Ghana. The event will be organized in five panels that will provide ample opportunities for discussion. Each panel will include authors and relevant commentators from the private sector, government, and development partners. The panel discussion will begin with 5-minute presentations followed by comments by other panelists and a general discussion. read more...

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Ghana Agricultural News Digest – October 5, 2016


Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Media Reports
Government Increases Producer Price of Cocoa
Government has reviewed upwards the producer price for cocoa at a ceremony to commemorate this year's national cocoa day in Tepa in the Ashanti Region. The new price will go for GHS 475.00 per bag, 50 cedis higher than what it was previously sold for. This was announced Saturday, by the Deputy Minister of Finance Ato Forson who is also Chairman of Producer Price Review Committee after a meeting Saturday. Mr. Forson said the new price takes immediate effect. "Last year the average FOB per tonne of cocoa sold was $2900 and this year the average FOB to be sold and in some cases have been sold forward is $2950" he said. On how much a tonne of cocoa will be sold for in Ghana, the minister said the prices have been increased from ¢6800 per tonne to ¢7600 per tonne for the 2016-2017 cocoa season. This amount represents an increase in price of ¢800 per tonne or 11.76% increase. The increase will come as a welcome news for cocoa farmers who have been clamoring for a hike in prices. The minister charged the License buying companies to ensure that the farmers are paid the new price at the point of sale. read more...

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – September 27, 2016

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Media Reports
State Urged to Adopt Single Rice Seedlings
It is estimated that Ghana imports between US$200 and US$400 million rice annually. The amount is said to be one of the major factors that swells the country’s import bill, while putting pressure on the local cedi which is consistently losing value against the United States’ dollar. Due to the high demand for the cereal, particularly the perfumed brand, many business people have found rice imports a lucrative venture and are importing from all sources around the world. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Worawora Rice Limited, Mr. Yaw Adu Poku, has underscored the need for the country to adopt a single rice seedlings for local rice production in the country. That, he said, would help increase consumption and encourage farmers to cultivate more to enable the country to become the hub of rice production within the West African sub region. Speaking to the Graphic Business on the sidelines of a rice workshop, Mr. Opoku said the consumption of local rice every year was increasing, hence the state must capitalise on it in order to reap the results. “It is crucial for the country to adopt a single rice seedlings for local rice production in order to complement the increasing patronage due to the improving packaging, absence of stones and chaff in the cultivation of varieties similar to the imported ones,” he said. read more...

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – September 19, 2016

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa:

Media Reports
USAID Donate Items worth GHC 900,000 to Boost Agriculture
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) presented tablets and other information and technology (I.T) equipment worth GHC 900,000 to the statistics, Research and Information Directorate (SRID) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). The electronic equipment and software were donated to enhance the collection of agricultural statistics. The I.T equipment and data collection system is expected to minimize human error in agricultural data collection and analysis, as well as improve overall data quality and credibility. In his acceptance speech, the Deputy Minister for crops, Alhaji Yakubu Alhassan said: “It will significantly improve the Ministry’s capacity to undertake field surveys and collect, secure, and analyze data. I cannot overstate the importance of this. Software and equipment is just the first step. read more...