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Ghana: Europe is the key market for banana market growthGhana exported 62,000 tonnes of bananas into the Eurozone in 2011.
Bananas are the most exported fruits from the country in terms of volume and they rank second after citrus in terms of value.
The European banana market is the largest in the world, with about 5.5 million tonnes imported per year.
Since 2006 when the European Union opened its market, there has been a rise in exports of between 2 and 5% every year.
Banana production is a major commercial commodity for Ghana which does not want to be left out of the international growing business.
The banana industry in Ghana is a developing one that requires huge investment in infrastructure and technology.
The few farms in Ghana rely on physical labour because banana production requires intensive labour in order to obtain the required quality.
Labour is required to clear the land while banana bunches are covered with polyethylene bags in order to protect them from wind and attacks from insects or birds, as well as to maintain optimum temperatures.
The commercial growing of bananas in the country commenced in the early 19th century, but it was not until later on that the fruits could be exported to the European markets, as the logistical infrastructure was not in place at the time.
Publication date: 2/8/2012
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