The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the US government’s Feed the Future Initiative last week launched the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG), in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other development partners. NASTAG is a partnership between producers, traders, government institutions and...
Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremateng, has disclosed that government has received over 350 business proposals from investors, so far, who want to be part of the 1 district, 1 factory initiative. “It started very well,” the minister told the B&FT in an interview. “Right now, we have over...
PBC Ltd., the biggest buyer of cocoa beans from farmers in Ghana, is seeking to cut borrowing costs by arranging its first government loan guarantee in seven years. PBC is asking for a guarantee of as much as 400 million cedis ($91 million) from the government, acting Chief Executive Officer...
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has launched a three-year programme to provide a three-pronged assistance, including credit to farmers in the Savannah agro-ecological zone, to cultivate seven selected staple crops. The Market-Oriented Agricultural Programme (MOAP) hinges on developing the capacity of farmers and other relevant public institutions, as...
Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD has disclosed that his outfit has mapped out a payment plan to compensate all farmers who will cut down their unproductive cocoa trees. “We will pay both farm owners and farmers until the new trees start to bear fruits”, he disclosed. According to...
The Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Mustapha Ussif has said that the Service has revived its defunct farming operations with the cultivation of more than one thousand six hundred and fifty (1,650) acres of maize at various locations in the country. He mentioned 350 acres cultivated at...
The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has blamed the low enrolment by farmers under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme (PFFJ) on poor consultations with all stakeholders prior to its introduction. The Programme Officer of the PFAG, Mr Charles Nyaab told the Graphic Business that the agriculture...
Agricultural experts from eight ECOWAS countries are meeting in Accra to develop an action plan to deal with flies that negatively impact on the production of fruits in the sub-region. The workshop, which is a follow-up of the 2016/2017 action plan, is in recognition of the negative impact of fruit...
Ghana’s desire to increase cocoa production has suffered a major setback as it has been revealed that 40% of all cocoa trees in Ghana are not productive. Out of the 40%, 17% have been affected by swollen shoot disease while 23% are over 30 years and had become unproductive. Ghana, the...
Army worms have destroyed about 1,380 hectares of maize farms in the Sunyani Municipality. In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Francis Ennor, the Municipal Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, said the directorate has stepped up measures to control the invasion of worms in farms. He...