Ghana, US promote seed sector development

Seed Sector

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 processors in the seed industry. The Association aims to spur ...

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Over 350 proposals received for 1 district, 1 factory initiative


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 350 business promoters that have already submitted their proposals to ...

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PBC Seeks Guarantee to Cut Finance Costs


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 Nana Agyenim Boateng said in an interview. It’s also hired ...

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MoFA launches €160m programme to assist farmers in 11 northern districts

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 well as the introduction of improved seeds which are also ...

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COCOBOD to compensate farmers who cut down unproductive cocoa trees

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 him, there were a lot of cocoa trees which ...

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NSS cultivates 1,650 acres of maize

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 Dawhenya near the national irrigation canal in the Greater Region, ...

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Low consultation hampers agric initiative

Gender equality in Agriculture

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 sector was huge and the government should have consulted with various ...

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ECOWAS agric experts develop plans to deal with fruit flies

agric experts

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 flies on the production and export of fresh fruits and ...

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40% of cocoa trees to be cut, no bonuses for farmers

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 second-largest producing country in the world, targets to raise ...

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Army worms destroy hectares of farms in Sunyani

Army worms

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 said the directorate has sprayed about 1, 260 hectares ...

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