Ghana: African cashew experts brainstorm in Peduase

APA-Peduase (Ghana)

Some 85 experts drawn from nine African countries are currently brainstorming in Peduase in the Eastern Region of Ghana on ways to promote cashew production in Africa and enhance its competitiveness.

The five-day programme has participants from Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The participants are expected to share knowledge over the next five days and discuss best practices as well as build regional networks to promote cashew production in the African region.

It will also discuss cashew market dynamics, marketing and financing mechanisms.

The Director of Crop Service at the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Seth Akoto, said in his opening address at the conference on Monday that cashew exports contributed $196 million to the Ghanaian economy in 2018.

He explained that the figure represented 53 percent of all non-traditional exports for the year, which was pegged at $371 million.

The Director of Private Sector Development at GIZ/ComCashew initiative, Ms. Mary Adzanyo, called for support to the sector to help realise the African goal of increasing cashew production.


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