SECTOR CAPABILITIES - Chili Pepper from Ghana

Chilli Pepper is produced in Ghana all-year round. The crop grows well in all the Regions of the country. Chilli Pepper is currently the leading vegetable export from Ghana with the main markets being the U.K., France, the Netherlands and Germany. With expertise in the production and marketing of the product, there are a good number of producer-exporters of the product who have access to a large pool of out-growers from whom they buy quality chilli pepper for export. The Ghanaian vegetable sector has undergone major improvement in terms of sector organization and there is a growing movement towards well-structured production systems with quality as the key element throughout the value chain. This is expected to impact positively on the quality of chilli production for export.

Additionally, there are strong governmental and non-governmental support for the sector with notable technical support from Development agencies from Germany and the Netherlands, among others. VEGPRO Group, a major international player in the food sector has also recently entered the sector. All these positive developments have led to increased production activity in recent years. A good number of operators/producers of chilli have undergone training and have acquired GLOBALGAP certification. Many others are also in the process of acquiring certification. The exportable varieties of chilli from Ghana include the following:

  • Legon 18
  • M 1.2
  • Scotch bonnet
  • Jalapeno
  • Bird’s eye

Reasons to buy

Reasons to buy

Importing Ghanaian chili pepper will give you several great certainties and advantages, such as:

  • Companies conduct annual review of all process related activities to confirm GLOBALGAP and traceability
  • High quality of chilli pepper produced and GLOBALGAP certified
  • Availability & large volumes delivered at short notice
  • Stringent enforcement of pre and post-harvest protocols/practices
  • Availability of experience suppliers, who respect the rules.
  • Strong sector associations
  • Strong Government and NGO support
  • A strengthened Government agency capable of conducting tests
  • Close proximity of Ghana to major markets, meaning produce arriving in market in best conditions

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Useful links

Ghana Vegetable Exporters Association

GAVEX is one of the leading vegetable associations in Ghana. It is very dynamic and is made up of very professional members who are active exporters of vegetables. GAVEX has been committed to supporting phytosanitory interventions in Ghana through various initiatives; compliance to new reforms especially by the PPRSD, towards improving the phytosanitary situation in the vegetable sector.

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The Chile Pepper Institute

The Chile Pepper Institute is the only international, non-profit organization devoted to education and research related to Capsicum, or chile peppers. Established in 1992, the Institute builds on the research of chile peppers since the famous horticulturalist Fabian Garcia (the father of the U.S. chile pepper industry) began standardizing chile pepper varieties in 1888. The Institute is located on the New Mexico State University campus, Las Cruces, NM in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265 (575-646-3028). In the Institute visitors will discover chile research posters, chile pepper books, art, and hundreds of high-demand and hard-to-find chile pepper seed varieties.

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VEGPRO Ghana Ltd.

VEGPRO, with its parent company in Kenya, recently entered the Ghanaian vegetable sector and is operating modern production facilities with irrigation in the Greater Accra and Volta Regions of the country. The company is GLOBALGAP certified.

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