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Ghana Export Promotion Authority has made good progressThe Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has made steady progress in rolling out many targeted initiatives over the past year to boost the exports of non-traditional products. The move is in line with GEPA's vision to increase annual earnings on a national level.
Miss Kekeli Klenam, Chief Executive Officer, said GEPA's continuous focus on product development in the last year would be key to meeting the targets in the next four years. However, she said, there would be the need for support from the various Ministries and agencies to take up the various initiatives and to make growth sustainable.
Already, GEPA is undertaking targeted interventions to support the production of pineapple, cashew and coconut as well as sweet potato for the export markets. There are plans to support and add avocado to the listed cash crops for export when an initial $ 3 million funding was secured to start production.
Touching on the cashew initiative, Miss Klenam said GEPA was targeting exports of more than $250 million of this crop for 2018, counting on the mass spraying and distribution of grafted seedlings programme. This programme has targeted 28,000 hectares annually and was expected to boost yields by 30 percent.
According to ghananewsagency.org, similar interventions for pineapples, where GEPA has delivered over 15 million suckers, are expected to yield an estimated $13.1 million over the next few years.
Publication date: 5/15/2018
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