March 15, 2018

GEPA Supports the Coconut Sector with 60,000 Seedlings

GEPA’s design to ensure a substantial increase in Non-Traditional Exports (NTEs) is gradually taking shape as key sectors are being bolstered with tailor made interventions. The CEO and the management have come to the conclusion that until key strategic interventions are undertaken, monitored and followed through to the end, it would be difficult to anchor the national growth agenda on sustained exports. It is in line with such critical paradigm shift that GEPA has assumed aggressive and incisive interventionist strategy that targets key value chains in the agricultural sector.

Over the course of the period, since the assumption of office, the CEO of GEPA Hon. Gifty Kekeli Klenam has made some bold and strategic interventions on selected high-value export products.

In her speech to launch the Coconut Export Revitalization Project at Gomoa Odumasi in the Central Region on March 14, 2018, the CEO of GEPA was upbeat about the prospects of the sector in bringing a lot of foreign exchange to the economy. She equally indicated that the intrinsic and the extrinsic value coconut holds could not be overemphasized.

Among the bold strategic vision captured by the Ghana’s Export Strategy, the CEO outlined the vision for the agricultural sector which among others is to Increase export volumes by addressing and strengthening supply chains of exportable products, diversify our export base to ensure we address price inconsistency in external markets and ensure the fulfillment of the President’s vision of value addition with increased job opportunities  for the youth.

It is in line with the tenets, the spirit and letter of the Strategy and the vision of the President of Ghana that GEPA is making strategic interventions with the aim of strengthening the export base; without which export promotion itself would be inutile.

The CEO bemoaned the prevalence of Pest and Diseases in coconut plantations, which as a corollary, has led to the decimation of large tract of coconut farms. It is to counter the spread of pest and diseases that a new variety, which is resistant to the notable coconut disease, was being supplied to farmers.

She expressed GEPA’s enthusiasm to offer support to Coconut Producers and Exporters Association of Ghana (COPEA), in the Central Region of Ghana. The support given to the Association was in the form of 60,000 seedlings, worth GHC 600,000. The seedlings would cover 1000 acres.

The CEO also commended smallholder farmers for taking the initiatives to strengthen their production base.

She equally intimated hat beyond the export revenues GEPA expects the Revitalization Project to accrue to the nation in the medium to long term, the concomitant employment generation, is immense.  Moreover, these interventions and the others being pioneered and supported by the current government would cascade into a bigger economic development agenda that would propel the country forward.

The CEO was hopeful that the farmers would employ good agronomic practices and pay detailed attention to their farms.

The CEO in her concluding statement urged the actors along the value chain to work hard towards the achievement of desired goals. She then proceed to declare the Coconut Revitalization Project duly launched.


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