A Food Safety and Certification Taskforce to ensure food security in Ghana has been inaugurated in Accra. The initiative was set up under the auspices of HortiFresh, a programme supported by the Netherlands Embassy, that is aimed at developing strategies and activities to address current and emerging food safety and certification challenges in the horticulture sector.
The Taskforce is made up of various stakeholders from academia, exporters association, processors and retailers of fruit and vegetables, regulatory authorities and agencies, development partners and agro-input dealers.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Policy Officer in charge of Agribusiness at the Netherlands Embassy, Abdulai Abdul Rahaman, underscored the importance of enhancing institutional efforts to improve the food safety situation of fruits and vegetables in Ghana. According to him, the task force will push the agenda for food safety and improve consumer confidence.
According to myjoyonline.com, he also expressed appreciation for the initiative to all stakeholders and challenged them to make the horticulture sector more attractive to the youth.
Programme Manager of HortiFresh, Sheila Assibey-Yeboah spoke on the role of HortiFresh, saying they will be facilitators to support the activities of the Taskforce.
Representatives of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) commended HortiFresh and the Dutch Embassy for their continuous support to Ghana’s agri-sector.