July 7, 2020

Ghana Export Promotion Authority Hands over Ghc90,000 worth High-Grade Quality Seeds To VEPEAG

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has handed over seeds valued at about Ghc90,000 to the Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association of Ghana (VEPEAG), to boost their production base and consequently export volumes.

At a brief handing over ceremony held at the Africa Trade house on Tuesday, 7th July 2020, Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, handed over cans of high-grade quality hot pepper cayenne, hot pepper safia and okra seeds to Executives of VEPEAG. She explained that GEPA’s intervention strategy is to ensure that in promoting Ghana’s non-traditional exports, the only way we can grow our exports steadily, is to sustain supply. “There’s no use developing and promoting Made in Ghana produce and making so much noise about what we have, when the volumes are not available.” 

Over the years, GEPA has provided interventions in cashew, pineapple, yam, coconut and now vegetables to ostensibly increase the supply base in order to achieve a high yield to meet export demands. This intervention has come at a time when stakeholders within the export sector, are finding their feet in adjusting to the new normal following the devastating effects of the Covid19 pandemic on global trade.

Receiving the seeds, the President of VEPEAG, Mr. Felix Kammasa indicated that with the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) at our doorsteps, the donation will help farmers produce the volumes needed to meet the export demand in new markets and also position Ghana as the leading vegetable exporter.

VEPEAG is expected to monitor the effective distribution of seeds to Members of the Association and ensure the use of best farm practices provide a positive output.

A farmer and member of the Association, representing beneficiaries of the high grade quality seeds, expressed relief at the donation and said this was “practical support in the face of challenging times”.

In 2018, agricultural produce contributed 21.01% to Ghana’s total Non Traditional Exports coming second after processed and semi-processed products.

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