Plans underway to make cashew foreign exchange earner for Ghana


The Bono Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Dennis Amenga is optimistic that interventions like the ten-year Cashew Development Plan and the Planting for Export and Rural Development, will spur on Ghana’s Cashew production to become a foreign exchange earner for the country.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a just-ended Master Training Program on the Cashew Value Chain in Sunyani in the Bono Ahafo Region.

The Master Training Programme on the Cashew Value Chain has existed for more than a decade.

The Third Session of the Tenth Edition of the training programme had 90 Participants from seven Countries.

In line with the new normal brought on by COVID 19, this edition was held virtually with 22 Participants in Ghana linking up with the others in La Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Mali and Benin.

Many of the presentations were from Accra and the other participating countries.

The Bono Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Dennis Amenga lauded the MTP for addressing the challenges impeding the full potentials of the Cashew sector.

The Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu Banahene said the master class on the Cashew Value Chain is in line with Government’s prioritization of the Cashew Sector.

Later in an interview, the Bono Regional Director of MOFA, Mr. Dennis Amenga spoke about the effort to increase Cashew production levels in Ghana.

He was optimistic that interventions like the ten-year Cashew Development Plan and Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), under which more Cashew Plantations are being developed will step up production of the crop.

The class aims at producing Experts along the Cashew Value Chain to make African Cashew Competitive.

It was instituted by the Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew), in partnership with the African Cashew Alliance, Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

The Programmes have funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

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