August 16, 2018
Ghana’s banana producers association launched
Producers and exporters of banana met at an event recently to launch and induct members of the Ghana chapter of the African Banana Producers Association (AFRUIBAN). The event took place at the premise of Golden Exotics, at Kasunya,Asutuare in the Eastern Region.
Prior to the commencement of the ceremony, guests were taken on a tour on the farm of Golden Exotics Limited (GEL),a GlobalGAP, Fairtrade, Organic Certified producer and exporter of banana currently employing 2500 people.
The ceremony which brought together leaders in the banana value chain from Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana included Hon. George Oduro, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture and Member of Parliament for New Edubiase, and Ms. Afua Asabea Asare Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), as special guests.
Also attending was the President of Afruibana and President Assobacam in Cameroon, Hon. Joseph Owona-Kono, the President of OBAMCI, Cote d’Ivoire, Hon. Jean-Marie Kacou-Gevais former Foreign Minister.
Speaking during the event, Mr. Anthony Blay, President of Banana Producers Association of Ghana, said the establishment of the Association was imperative to;
- To foster dialogue to sustain the banana industry in Ghana,
- To draw synergies to improve their competitiveness,
- To defend common rights in the turbulent EU market in concert, and
- To have a formal representation at international platforms through AFRUIBANA to discuss such subjects as preferential tariffs and monitor the progress of implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Taking her turn at the event, Ms. AfuaAsabeaAsare, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA)commended companies involved in the production and exports of banana for joining forcesto overcome challenges in the sector.
Ms. Asare called for a strong collaboration between GEPA and the Banana Producers Association of Ghana (BPA-GH) that would be beneficial to both institutions and encouraged the Association to undertake an on farm research to improve production and post-harvest practices.
Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Hon George Oduro launched the Association, highlighting strategic plans the government has put in place to boost the banana sector while protecting the interest of producers and exporters in the banana value chain.