Ghana Among 12 Countries Making Strides In Cashew Production
09 May 2017
Ghana is making strides in the research and production of cashew, with an estimated eight hundred kilos per hectare. The country, however, falls short of the international benchmark of One thousand five hundred kilos per hectare.
The Executive Director of Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew) Rita Weidinger, disclosed this at the 4th Edition of the Master Training Program to promote the African Cashew Value Chain in Ho today.
The five-day training programme is a joint initiative of ComCashew and the African Cashew Alliance (ACA) with support from the Cocoa Research Institute, Ghana (CRIG) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).
Twelve Countries, including Ghana, are participating in this year’s edition of the Master Training Programme with 75 cashew experts.
Madam Weidinger noted that Ghana holds a lot of potential in the research and processing of cashew and called for policy support for the crop.
The Executive Director of Com Cashew explained that 12 African countries produce 40 percent of the World’s Cashew, with Cote d’Ivoire producing 25 percent making it the number one producer in Africa.
The Managing Director of African Cashew Alliance, Mr. Ernest Mintah, also said though the Cashew sector has faced some challenges, Ghana has made efforts to address such short falls.
He said, Ghana should be a country that is well regulated to boost the production of raw cashew and allow the establishment of businesses to process the raw cashew.
Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture in charge of Perennial Crops, William Quaittoo, who chaired the programme, noted that there is the need for cashew farmers to be properly sensitized in order to improve their yields.