Ghana Vegetables launches on 23 June to boost exports

Ghana Vegetables will be launched in Accra on 23 June at an event themed “Towards a Competitive and Innovative High-Value Fruit and Vegetable Sector”

The Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association of Ghana (VEPEAG) and the Ghana Association of Vegetable Exporters (GAVEX) have worked independently over the years and made significant investments in the growth of the sector, boosting its contribution to the Ghanaian economy.

The two associations have jointly announced the birth of Ghana Vegetables, an action plan to revolutionise the fruit and vegetables industry in Ghana by promoting safe fruit and vegetable production, good post-harvest handling and distribution, and the use of healthy and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.

Ghana Vegetables will be launched in Accra on 23 June under the theme “Towards a Competitive and Innovative High-Value Fruit and Vegetable Sector”.

Ghana’s favourable conditions for vegetable cultivation, coupled with its proximity to and bilateral relations with the European Union (EU), position the country to take advantage of the benefits from vegetable exports. However, this advantage has not been exploited fully over the years because of low productivity, among other challenges.

Commenting on the milestone, the president of VEPEAG, Felix Mawuli Kamassah, noted: “There have been attempts to consolidate the efforts and strategies of VEPEAG and GAVEX to present a formidable front to pursue reforms that will benefit the producers and exporters of fresh vegetables.

“We are happy to announce the crystallisation of our efforts into the formation of Ghana Vegetables, a blueprint that will spur the growth of the fruit and vegetables industry in Ghana while taking advantage of existing export market opportunities.”

Dr Kamassah praised work done by Hortifresh West Africa in laying the platform for the birth of the new Ghana Vegetables project.

Hortifresh is a programme supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to establish a sustainable and internationally competitive fruit and vegetables sector which will contribute to inclusive economic growth and food and nutrition security in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

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