July 4, 2018

GEPA assesses cashew nursery sites on monitoring visit

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), led by the CEO of the Authority, Madam Afua Asabea Asare and one of her Deputies, Mr Sam Dentu on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in the company of the Cashew Monitoring Team, visited various nursery sites of the ongoing production of cashew grafted seedlings in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The visit, afforded the GEPA leader, an opportunity to identify some of the challenges, if any, militating against the smooth implementation of the cashew grafted seedlings project.

Background

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Cashew Industry Association of Ghana (CIAG) and other stakeholders are implementing 10-Year Cashew Development Plan (2017-2027) to enhance the growth and development of the cashew industry in Ghana.

The vision of the Cashew Development Plan, as launched by President Nana Akuffo Addo earlier this year in Wenchi, is to among other visions, aggressively expand, modernize and transform Ghana’s cashew sector into a significant foreign exchange earner, creating jobs and substantial wealth for Ghanaian people.

The plan therefore seeks to increase cashew production from 80,000MT to 300,000MT and also increase export earnings from US$ 263 million in 2017 to US$1 billion by 2027.

As part of the process towards the implementation of the cashew development programme, GEPA is supporting the production of 400,000 cashew grafted seedlings.

At the production sites for the cashew grafted seedlings, the GEPA CEO and the Cashew Monitoring Team received first hand information on ongoing activities of the cashew grafted seedlings project.

In all, seventeen (17) private nursery operators are producing the 400,000 cashew grafted seedlings to support the farm expansion and cultivation of new plantations.

GEPA/CIAG Monitoring Team and the CEO and one of her Deputies, visited some of the nursery production sites such as the E-Nuts Nursery at Techiman, PATS Improved Nursery at Kintampo, Joyce Mensah Nursery at Jema in the Kintampo South district and Kuma Regina Nursery at Wenchi, all in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The monitoring visit was to assess progress of work on the GEPA funded grafted cashew seedlings project.

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