Cashew exports generated $ 244.5 million in revenue in Ghana in 2016. However, the Ivory Coast is no stranger to this good result! Indeed, the export volume in 2016 amounted to 163 000 tonnes, gold Ghana produces only 50,000 to 70,000 tonnes of cashew, revealed Winfred Osei Owusu, President of the Ghana Cashew Industry Association for Business and Financial Times . Part of the volumes thus comes from neighboring countries - via including Sampa border posts and Atuna in the Brong Ahafo - which has yet banned since 2013, the border trade in cashew.
If the Ivorian government tries with the police and customs officers to limit the passage of Ivorian nuts to Ghana, Winfred Osei Owusu its part believes that the business environment is favorable making Ghana the preferred destination of the subregion nuts buyers. The producers themselves are not wrong, the prices are more profitable in Ghana.
Side processing, the rub. Of the 13 plants processing cashew, totaling a capacity of 62 000 tonnes, only three are now operational, limiting the utilization rate to 15 000 tonnes. The government says its will to support and streamline the sector with the creation of the Cashew Development Authority.
According to Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, the Authority would ensure such an increase in production, price regulation and a revival of the processing sector through the rehabilitation of distressed companies and the creation of new and guaranteeing a cashew supply crude to supply the factories. " The government is ready to transform the industry as cashew cocoa. Farmers will receive agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and improved seeds. Processors also benefit from the necessary industrial environment to thrive , "he said.