May 21, 2018

Cashew-interventions already with added prospects – GEPA CEO

On inspection and monitoring tour of cashew nursery production sites in the Brong Ahafo Region on Friday, May 18, 2018, the CEO and team from Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) were impressed with levels of various progresses, in the development stages of cashew.

During her visit, Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, Madam Gifty Kekeli Klenam, familiarised herself with day-to-day activities and other tasks workers in-charge of the cashew nurseries undertake, in ensuring the right development of cashew plants, for maximum export benefit of products in the cashew value chain.

“Your commitments to the development of the cashew industry is highly commendable, given the efforts you put each day, ensuring the nurseries are watered with the right levels of water and accompanied PH.” Hon Gifty Klenam stated.

She added that, “Planting for foods and jobs, one district one exportable product, one district one factory, one village one dam, one region one warehouse and all other initiatives and interventions of the president’s vision of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’, need commitments of all stakeholders, like what you show here.”

Madam Klenam tasked the caretakers and workers at the cashew production sites and nurseries, to keep up the hard works, in order to compliment the president’s visions, as contained in the 10-year Cashew Development Plan.

In collaboration with actors in the Cashew sector, GEPA has developed a ten-year Cashew Development Plan with the vision to aggressively expand, modernize and transform Ghana’s Cashew sector into a significant foreign exchange earner, creating jobs and substantial wealth for Ghanaians.

The 10-Year Cashew Development, under the auspices of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), was on February 20, 2018, launched at Wenchi, in the Brong-Ahafo, by President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The plan seeks to increase cashew production from 80,000MT to 300,000MT and also increase export earnings from US$ 197 million to US$1 billion by 2027.

To enhance farm expansion for the cultivation of new cashew plantations which is a component of the 10-Year Cashew Development Plan, GEPA has provided about GH₵600,000 to the Cashew Industry Association of Ghana (CIAG) to support the production of 400,000 cashew grafted seedlings.

In all, fifteen (15) private nursery operators are producing the 400,000 cashew grafted seedlings to support the farm expansion and cultivation of new plantations.

The inspection was further to assist Hon. Klenam to acquaint and familiarize herself with the progress of work on the grafting of the cashew seedlings for distribution to farmers and potential investors interested in cashew plantations in Ghana.

GEPA funded nursery sites for the production of 400,000 cashew-grafted seedlings at the cost of GH₵600,000 are spatially distributed as follows:
Wenchi: 8 nursery operators
Sunyani: 1 nursery operator
Kintampo: 1 nursery operator
Techiman: 1 nursery operator
Drobo: 1 nursery operator
Jema: 2 nursery operators
Sogakope: 1 nursery operator.

Currently, cashew is Ghana’s leading agricultural non-traditional export, bringing in about $197 million worth of export revenue in 2016, which represents 53% of $371 million received from the total agricultural NTE sub-sector.

Among others, the development of cashew comes with many benefits for individuals, the country and the environment, will create employment and wealth, especially for women in nursery operations and processing of the cashew, foreign exchange for the country and reduction of desertification.

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