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EU: Ghana to take action in order to maintain red pepper exports

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

EU: Ghana to take action in order to maintain red pepper exports

Barely 12 months after the ban on the export of five vegetable crops to the EU market was lifted, Ghana faces another ban on its exports. This time, exported pepper is in danger of being blacklisted over doubts about quality. About 24,000 tonnes of pepper is exported from Ghana to the EU annually. The Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association has blamed the situation on delays in inspection processes by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). The Association’s Vice President, Felix Kamasah, said larvae were seen in some of the peppers despite “all the tests they [MoFA] are doing.” The association’s main concern is the effect a potential ban could have on pepper farmers. “You invest so much in the farm and there is a ban and you don’t have a buyer. If we don’t take steps now and check all those things, we are going to face the same problems.” The Ghana Export Promotion Authority has stated that it’s working to address the situation following receipt of the alert. Maxwell Osei Kusi, the Director of Research at GEPA, said, “We know that there is a problem. That is why the EU market is rejecting and talking about alerts.” He said “the competent authorities have been notified for the solution to be put in place so we curtail the emergence of the pest in the alert.”

Source: dailyguideafrica.com