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Monday, 13 February 2017

Ghana Urged To Enact Policies To Boost Investments In NTEs

Mr Albert Atuah Amponsah, the Managing Proprietor of Albe Farms, producers of pineapples and vegetables, has called on the Government to formulate a policy to encourage investment into Non Traditional Exports (NTEs) to feed the local and international markets.He said an increase in the production of NTE crops and items would result in food sufficiency to ensure economic growth, create jobs for the youth and improve the standard of living. Ghana exports yam, cassava, gari, bananas, plantain, pineapples, citrus, beans, shea nuts, textiles, and handicrafts among other things under the Non-Traditional Export drive that started in 1994. Mr Amponsah was speaking to the Ghana News Agency after participating in a three-day fruit and vegetable fair in Berlin, Germany, from February 8-10. It was organised by CBI Netherlands, the centre for the promotion of imports from developing countries, which supported the Albe Farms, Ghana Federation of Exporters, and Ghana Yam Producers Association among other exhibitors to showcase their products. It attracted more than 20,000 visitors from new markets in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America to buy fresh farm produce including pineapples, yam, cassava and mangoes on display. Mr Amponsah said the fair provided the farmers the opportunity to showcase their products, meet with industry partners and customers, study activities of rivals, and examine recent market trends and opportunities.

Source: www.newsghana.com.gh