SECTOR CAPABILITIES - Yams from Ghana

Yams from Ghana are produced in large quantities and are exported throughout the whole year.  Ghana produces on average eight million tons of yam annually. Yam is a leading agricultural export commodity for Ghana. Ghana’s export of the commodity ranks sixth in the world, representing 10.3% of world exports in 2016. The main exportable varieties of the commodity are the following:

  1. Pona
  2. Larebako
  3. Asana
  4. Dente
  5. Muchumudu

These varieties are of high quality and taste and are produced largely by small-scale farmers in the rural areas mostly using organic production methods. The sector is well-organized with sufficient infrastructural support such as pack houses, haulage and production inputs. A number of farms are certified while efforts are ongoing by the producer associations in the sector to expand coverage throughout the production areas of the country.

Reasons to buy

Reasons to buy yams from Ghana

Importing Ghanaian yams will give you several great advantages:

  • Organic in default – no use of chemicals and pesticides
  • Increased number of certified exporters for GlobalGap
  • Consistency of supply of large volumes of the commodity
  • Certainty of supply of high quality yams all year round
  • Very strong sector associations supporting regulations and certification compliance.
  • Strong government support through the value chain to ensure quality and competitiveness.
  • Unique taste and quality of the “pona” variety most preferred by consumers.

Trade performance

Featured exporters

Ghana Nuts Company Limited

Incorporated in the year 2001, Ghana Nuts Limited has emerged as one of the leading agro processors, manufacturers and exporter of huge range of edible oils, animal feed Meals, Shea Butter. Entire range of product is manufactured using finest quality raw materials in accordance with the high demand for quality…
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Kinapharma Limited

Kinapharma Limited is a Ghanaian owned and operated pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution and marketing company established in 1996. Kinapharma provides quality, reliable and affordable drugs for the health of the masses. Its vision is to become the largest indigenous producer and marketer of pharmaceutical products in the West African sub-region. The…
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GKV Investments Limited

Established in 2017, GKV Investments Limited is a company firmly rooted in the production of very high quality virgin coconut oil in Ghana. The company interacts with local farmers within the Western region of Ghana, to source for high quality nuts to produce the ava virgin coconut oil. The western…
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Useful links

Ghana Root Crops and Tubers Exporters Union (GROCTEU)

GROCTEU is the umbrella professional body of all yam and other root crops exporters associations in Ghana with a vision to make root crops and tubers the leading contributors of foreign exchange in the non-traditional crop sector of the national economy.

The Union is affiliated to FAGE (Federation of Association of Ghanaian Exporters) and serves on its Executive Council through its constituent associations. In 2004 The Ministry of Trade & Industry appointed GROCTEU to set up and manage in the Port City of Tema, a National Yam Pack House, which is the single corridor for the inspection of all yam sea shipments by the Regulatory Agencies, GROCTEU and Customs.

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Ghana Yam Producers & Exporters Association (GYPEA)

The Association’s objectives are to promote the production and exportation of good quality and certified yams from Ghana, and also to assist members to adopt proper methods of presentation of their products to the outside world. The Association also plays an advocacy role in lobbying to influence government policy in the yam industry.

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