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Ghana’s ban on some vegetables to the European market would be lifted by December, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, has assured. According to him, drastic measures were being put in place to secure Ghanaian vegetables on the European Union (EU) market. He made this known when he inaugurated the refurbished inspection facilities of the Aviance Cargo Village at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra last Monday. The refurbished inspection facilities cost GH¢200,000. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) placed a temporary ban on exports of some vegetables to the EU market in September, 2015.
The Government’s development strategy is to be further advanced with another allotment of $10.1 million in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The sum has been provided under the Technical Cooperation Facility IV project, which aims to contribute to the implementation of the Jamaican Government’s development strategy, through support to programmes financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) and a coherent and informed approach to development and trade issues. The main purpose of the project is to identify, formulate and implement programmes financed under the EDF and other European Union (EU) funds.
Netherlands-based off-grid electricity provider, Nova-Lumos, has been awarded a US$218,745 grant to develop off-grid electricity projects in Nigeria Michael Mazengarb flickr solar panelNova-Lumos provides residential solar systems under a pay-as-you-go model. The grant has been provided by the SolarNigeria Programme (SNP), an initiative of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The partnership between Nova-Lumos and SNP is expected to provide an estimated 90 mn off-grid homes and small businesses in northern Nigeria access clean and affordable electricity.