ComCashew exalts Ghana.


The Executive Director of GIZ/ComCashew, Madam Rita Weidinger has exalted the Government of Ghana for its commitment towards the production of cashew by distinguishing itself as a trailblazer in the industry.


  “Many African countries have benefited from Ghana’s lead and foresight: In Sierra Leone, with ComCashew support, more than 300, 000 seedlings have been distributed to farmers. These seedlings were raised from polyclonal seeds that were obtained from Ghana. Delegations from Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Nigeria recently visited Ghana to show appreciation and deepen collaboration”

She was speaking at the 2nd session of the 9th Edition of the Master Training Program (MTP) on Cashew Value Chain Promotion in Sunyani on Monday.

She however entreated countries which are yet part of the Consultative International Cashew Council (CICC) to rope in to join.

In all 97 participants from 14 countries are gathered for the session.

CRIG



The Cocoa Research Institute, Ghana has hinted their outfit is making conscious effort to process the cashew apple to ensure the whole cashew apple is put into good use.

The deputy Executive Director of the CRIG Dr  Henry Kwame  Dzahini-Obiatey revealed his outfit has processed the cashew apple into both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, jam among others and research is still ongoing to recoup more.

“Apart from developing and providing farmers with improved planting materials and assisting them with husbandry practices and technologies for optimal yield, we are working relentlessly to process soft drinks, alcoholic drinks like gin, wine and vinegar from the cashew apple. We have liaised with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to train farmers to produce these products in their small ways” Dr  Henry Kwame  Dzahini-Obiatey noted.

Mr Dzahini-Obiatey again revealed the New Product Development Unit at CRIG is researching to put to use the the shell of the nut which constitutes to about 80 percent of the weight of the nut which is thrown away without use.

MOFA


In a speech read on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, by Mr Seth Osei Akoto (the Director of Crop Services, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), noted  the government of Gran is committed to becoming the leading producer of high quality cashew hence the introduction of the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD).

“Under the flagship Planting for Export and Rural Development Program, the government is developing and distributing about 2.5 million seedlings to farmers this year. This has enabled the production and distribution of a considerable number of seedlings in the Bono, Bono East, Savannah and Upper West regions among others” it noted.

He further observed that, with the increasing challenges posed by climate change, it is of crucial importance that Ghana develops sustainable strategies for mitigation.

“Considering the potential that cashew trees has in withstanding climate change effects, it has been been identified as a suitable crop for up to 100 districts in the savannah regions in Ghana, an area that is particularly vulnerable to the effect of climate. This cashew cultivation will further provide an alternative source of income for the local economies” the speech emphasized.

Currently Ghana has a Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) adoption rate of 74% and a productivity rate of 1500kg per hectare credited to the use of improved planting materials.

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