Deputy CEO in charge of Finance and Operations at the GEPA; Mr. Samuel Dentu at the Agribusiness session of the Ghana Rising Summit has issued a support clause to agribusiness exporters to meet up with standard in order to enjoy the backing of the authority in accessing markets.
The Agribusiness session of the Ghana Rising Summit was under the theme; Seizing New Agribusiness Opportunities. This summit had much talks about the activities of agribusiness value chain and the caution note for them to improve on the standards of their goods if they are to access the international markets. Present at the occasion and as a panelist was the 2018 National Best Farmer; James Boateng and the General Manager for Agribusiness at ADB, Kwame Asiedu Atrams.
Mr. Dentu, noted that the players in the agribusiness sector should be able to access the international market through the support provided by GEPA on conditions that their produce meets the necessary standards.
In clarity of what the GEPA was looking out for he put it in these below examples;
“In terms of the frustrations that you get in getting your product out and all that, you realized that there was a temporary ban on the export of vegetables and this was an internal mechanism for us to correct a situation.”
“We have has a lot of alerts as far as export of chilly pepper is concerned and so the point is that if you do not deal with it internally and you allow the importing country to ban you and it takes a very long time for such bans to be lifted. So, it is up to all those who wish to export their produce to meet the required standards and then we can help you get access to those markets…”
In speaking for the farmers(agribusiness players), the 2018 National Best Farmer called on the government of Ghana and all relevant stakeholders to channel efforts at growing and the sustainability of the cashew cash crop owing to the fact that cashew was fast rising and the highest contributor to the non traditional cash crop exports.
He emphasized, “There was so much interest in cashew production and I know that government has in the recent past said there was a bumper harvest, big sales and all that but cashew pricing dropped from 7 cedis per kilo to 1 cedi 50 pesewas. The reality is that if efforts are not redoubled, the big interest in cashew can go away…”
The GEPA’s Mr. Dentu assured that…“The potential of cashew is huge and we just need to follow up with what the government is doing. There is a lot that we are doing as Ghana Export Promotion Authority, we are giving out free seedlings and spraying a lot of farms as well.”
Mr. Kwame Asiedu Atrams said financial sector was willing to support the start ups in the agribusiness if they can as individuals overcome their own challenges in ensuring that they can meet the huge orders in terms of their processes in production.