The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has indicated that, following the implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, Ghana is now in a position to export foodstuffs to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.
At the Ejura Market in the Ejura Sekyeredumase municipality in the Ashanti Region alone, about 2,008 tons of yellow maize and 2,174 tons of white maize were exported to Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, respectively, at the closing of 2018. An additional 1,291 tons and 144 tons of cowpea were exported to Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire, respectively, while 296.88 tons of yam went to Cote d’Ivoire alone.
Substantiating the fact that the two countries relied on Ghana for some food supplies, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto said in an interview that six other food commodities, totalling about 351,562 tons, were exported to Burkina Faso alone in 2018.
Dr Akoto said that 13,394 tons of plantain were exported from the Abofour Market to Burkina Faso, along with about 3,275 tons of citrus and 1,465 tons of pawpaw. For ginger, 1,655 tons were exported, while 2,294 tons of palm fruits and 2,207 metric tons of palm oil were all exported to Burkina Faso.