Florian Winckler deputy executive director of Competitive Cashew initiative has hinted their outfit has provided over three hundred thousand jobs only in the production stages in its intervention countries of which about 22 percent are taken up by women.

He however revealed ComCashew through its iplementation role in the cashew trilateral agreement has establised a cashew nursery at  Afrancho in the Offinso North District  and a cashew research station at Wenchi to support the government’s planting for export and rural development program.

These countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Mozambique.

'We have also experienced increasing demand that high quality planting materials coming from Ghana is also experienced increasing demand from neighbouring countries. I'm happy to assure you through the trilateral cooperation, we are  also extensively working on research and adoption of production systems to climate change. Another success to share in production is the establishment of nursery with high quality seedlings in the Offinso region in collaboration with the MOFA also to support government's flagship program planting for export and rural development " he hinted.

This was made known at the  second session of the 5th edition of the master training program for cashew value chain promotion in Africa on Monday in Sunyani.

This session will focus on Improved Planting Material Development and the adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

On 11 October 2017, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana signed the Trilateral Cooperation Project Proposal between Ghana, Brazil and Germany as the representative of the beneficiary third country, Ghana.

The technical implementing institutions are the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Cooperation (Embrapa) as well as GIZ through the Competitive Cashew initiative (ComCashew). Partners of this cooperation are the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) as well as the African Cashew Alliance (ACA).

Mr Ernest Mintah, the Managing Director of African Cashew Alliance speaking at the event expressed appreciation to GIZ/ComCashew and the government for their relentless efforts to make cashew production in Africa a success. However he made some strategic recommendations for government to consider.

"Government should not lose much time on the process, whether it is a Cashew Desk,  at MOFA, or a Tree Crop Authority or a Cashew Board, let's get started and learn along the process. What we need in the cashew industry are firstly a Cashew sector development plan, again a regulation or licensing of RCN buyers and exporters and lastly taxation of RCN exports to enhance competitiveness of local processing" he remarked.

From left-Dr Cyril Quist, Mr Seth Osei Akoto, Hon Kennedy Osei Nyarko, Mr Florian Winckler, Mr Ernest Mintah.

The master training program is organized by the competitive cashew initiative in partnership with the African Cashew Alliance, and support from the ministry of food and agriculture MOFA and the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana.

Mr Kennedy Osei Nyarko, a deputy minister of Food and Agriculture for perineal crops however entreated all participants to help contribute in scaling up the 74 percent Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Ghana and Africa in general.

"Indeed with a GAP adoption rate of about 74 percent Ghana is steadly moving forward towards a more competitive cashew value chain, however more needs to be done. The onus therefore lies on you my dear participants to become cashew ambassadors in your various institutions and countries to promote GAP and the use improved materials and to do your best to make sure that the  adoption rate is up"  the Akyem Swedru legislator urged the participants.

Some participants at the session

Other key speakers were Dr Cyril Quist the Brong Ahafo director of MOFA and Mr Seth Osei Akoto(The Deputy Director in charge of cashew at MOFA) who chaired the occasion.

72 cashew experts from Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cotê d’Ivoire, Togo, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zambia are assembled to share knowledge, discuss best practices and lessons learnt as well as to build national and regional networks for future collaboration.

The first session of the 5th edition of the MTP was held in Aburi in April this year and the third session will be from October 21 to 26 in Abijan, Côte d'Ivoire

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