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Ghana’s Coconut Production To Increase By 2022

Posted by Osei Agyemang

Coconut is one of natural products that is broadly consumed by numerous peopple around the globe, especially the water other than the edible white flesh of the organic product.

The price of coconut is step by step going up because of its immense benefit to the body. In many countries including Brazil, coconut is a significant natural product, thusly are given a high incentive when contrasted with other organic products.

In accordance with this, Ghana, one of only a handful of countries around the globe who is resolved to procure more income with this organic product has declared its aim to expand coconut production from the current 49,000 hectares to 300,000 hectares by 2022.

The Ghana Exports Promotion Authority (GEPA), is supporting Coconut Farmers Association of Ghana (COFAG) with Capacity building training to get Global GAP affirmation to deliver and to fulfill the stringent universal guidelines.

The Authority has been supporting coconut associations in certain locales of the country (Western and Central) with around 100,000 ailment safe coconut seedlings, which would be reached out to cover other regions soon.

The Ghana Exports Promotion Authority cooperated with African Coconut Group to compose a festival on an African soil in a joint effort with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Free Zones and different accomplices, for example, the Food and Drugs Authority and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The Festival saw a tall scope of inventive products produced using coconut in beautifying agents, foods and drinks, prescription, prepping items and handiworks.

The event equally brought out other innovative products and also sparked off new business ideas.

Furthermore, the event associated farmers, scientists, exporters and other important offices along the coconut esteem chain to the market and to guarantee that Ghana was positioned number one in coconut production in Africa and among the initial four nations on the planet.

At present, Ghana is positioned fourteenth on the world’s list of coconut producing countries.

Meanwhile, the Western district of Ghana has additionally planned to plant 5,000,000 coconut seedlings over the locale to cause it to keep up its position as the pioneer in coconut production in the country.

All these are being done to help in the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) utilizing coconut as one of the channels.

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