Category “Ghana”

Gambia: Agriculture & Development – Ghana Women Farmer Organisation Visits Gambian Farmers

Ghana women Farmers Network Organization (FONG) recently paid a five-day exchange visit to the National Coordinating Organization for Women Association the Gambia NACOFAG wing women.

The delegation was received by NACOFAG officials at the Banjul International Airport and a meeting was conveyed on Wednesday 16 July 2014, at the NACOFAG office in Brikama.

According to officials of NACOFAG, the visit was undertaken to meet with the NACOFAG women to discuss and share ideas about farming, food processing, trading, vegetable garden, fish processing, and livestock management, particularly processing, smoking, and drying of fish with a view to making key recommendations on the way forward.

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Ghana: 300 Persons Benefit From Sada/Guinea Fowl Project in Region

About 300 out of 1,500 people in the Upper West Region are benefiting from the Guinea Fowl Project under the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), Mr. Henry Kangah, Chief Executive Officer of SADA/Asongtaba Guinea Fowl Production and Marketing Company in the Upper West Region, has disclosed.

He further disclosed during a stakeholder’s meeting in Wa that land had been acquired along the Wa/Tumu road to erect structures for the project, and that five farms, which would be operational by August, would be set up in all the SADA operational regions.

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Ghana: AGRA Holds Summit On Smallholders’ Farmers in Agriculture

The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) yesterday held a summit on Strengthening Farmer’s Organisations in African with Ghana as its focus in Accra.

A Professor at the College of Agriculture at the University of Ghana, Legon, Kwame Offei, disclosed that Agriculture employed 65% of African’s labour force and accounted for 32% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and was essential in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015.

Prof. Offei said Agriculture in Ghana was predominantly undertaken by small holders who produced crops through the usage of traditional methods and low resource technologies.

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Ghana Revives Bilateral Agreement With Italy

Government would revive the Bilateral Agreement on Migration to enable Ghanaian workers in the Agricultural Sector work in Italy.

Nii Armah Ashietey, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra, after the Italian Ambassador Laura Carpini paid a courtesy call on him. He said plans were advanced to finalize the said Bilateral Agreement, which would enable Ghanaians to work legally in Italy.

“The Bilateral Agreement, which was started in 2011, has still not been finalized. The agreement would allow Ghanaian migrant workers to work in the Agricultural sector of Italy”, he said.

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Ghana: 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week Begins in Accra

The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW), organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), in collaboration with the Government of Ghana has commenced today.

The week-long event is expected to be opened on 18th July, 2013, by His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, at the International Conference Centre in Accra.

The theme of the Week is: ‘Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation’.

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Israel provide technical support for Ghanaian citrus farmers

The Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) has held a four-day workshop for over 50 citrus farmers and Agric extension officers of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to empower them in citrus production.

The workshop, held in Cape Coast, was in partnership with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

It is in fulfillment of a trilateral cooperation agreement signed in 2010 between MoFA, GIZ and MASHAV to support research and development into citrus production with the view to promoting a citrus industry in Ghana.

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Large Brazilian cashew firm to set up $25m processing plant in Ghana

A Brazilian processing company, Usibra Ghana Limited, is to establish a $25 million cashew processing plant in Ghana. The plant, which is expected to process 300 metric tonnes of cashew daily, will provide about 2,000 direct jobs in the country.

The Director of Usibra Ghana Limited, Mr. Tarisco Falcao, announced this when he paid a call to the Minister of trade and Industry, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, in Accra. Usibra is the largest cashew nut processing company in Brazil, with two units capable of processing 70,000 metric tonnes of cashew nuts per season.

The company has a subsidiary, Nutsco, in Camden, New Jersey, USA, which processes and distributes cashew and other nuts in the US market. Usibra has an investment potential of $45 million.

Briefing the minister, Mr. Falcao said 80 per cent of the cashew processed in Ghana would be exported to the US and European markets. He stated that growers would be paid a good price for their cashews, in order to stimulate further production.

Source: ghanabusinessnews.com

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