May 7, 2020
GHANA EXPORT PROMOTION AUTHORITY HANDS OVER 160,000 COCONUT SEEDLINGS TO COFAG
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has handed 160,000 coconut seedlings to the Coconut Farmers Association of Ghana (COFAG) to boost coconut production nationwide within the next five years.
The symbolic handing over event took place at the African Trade House with the CEO of Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, management team of GEPA and Executives of COFAG present.
Since 2017, GEPA began an intervention to boost the production of coconut in terms of market demand with the vision to increase acreage nationwide by 10,000 acres by the end of these interventions. Western and Central regions were the first beneficiaries of this intervention of getting 100,000 coconut seedlings in total.
This second handing over of coconut seedling forms part of GEPA’s interventions to help augment the export of coconut and its derivatives in the next 3 – 5 years. This is in line with GEPA’s mandate of facilitating, developing and promoting Non-Traditional Exports (NTEs) to shore up Ghana’s foreign exchange reserves.
Receiving the seedlings on behalf of Coconut Farmers, President of the Association, Mr. Patrick Ndabiah acknowledged GEPA’s support “…we welcome the recognition and tremendous interest of GEPA in helping us achieve the vision of positioning Coconut as a non-traditional export with the potential of raking in $2 Billion Dollars by 2023 by increasing the production volumes through the provision of seedlings to farmers.”
Beneficiaries for this intervention will be farmers in the Volta, Ashanti, Western North, Central, Oti, Eastern and Western regions. COFAG is expected to ensure the success of the intervention by monitoring and using best practices in the cultivation of the seedlings distributed.
GEPA has been a major source of support to Ghana’s coconut sector as it partnered the African Coconut Group to organize the 1st International Coconut Festival at the Accra International Conference Centre in 2019, an event which provided large scale international exposure for various players in the coconut value chain.