EU to lift ban on vegetables – Agric Minister

Business News of Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Source: todaygh.com

2017-07-25

OwusuAfriyie AkotoAgric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto

The European Union (EU) is expected to lift the ban on some vegetable exports from Ghana by the end of this year [2017].

The move should increase Ghana’s production of such vegetables to about 20 million dollars.

The EU has banned the exports of some vegetables from Ghana over concerns on their quality.

There have been subsequent reviews to correct the challenge between Ghanaian and European authorities.

But Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, explains to Citi Business News a visit by a team from the EU in September 2017 should culminate in the removal of the ban.

“There are five items which have been banned for two years and we are hoping that they will be lifted this year. Because there is a program including a visit by the EU officials to come and review all the things that we have been doing to reform the way we are doing all our exports and if they are satisfied, the ban will be lifted,” the Minister stated.

Dr. Akoto added that the ministry together with allied agencies has intensified efforts to achieve more than 90 per cent of the needed conditions to get the ban removed.

“I think we are ninety-five percent there in terms of their requirement and by the time they come in September and hopefully we will get that thing resolved.”

Ghana engages Czech Republic over agric investments

The minister spoke to Citi Business News when he met a 17-member delegation from Czech Republic last week Friday.

The meeting involved the agric minister for Czech Republic, the Czech Ambassador to Ghana among two other deputy ministers.

The issues centred on deepening agric investments and development both in Ghana and the Czech Republic.

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