By Joseph Nana Yaw Cobbina
The Ghana have been noted for the US to get investment in the coconut sector by procuring and distributing disease tolerant cocoa sevens to coconut farmers across the major coconut find marriages.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony of the 3rd International Coconut Festival, the Western Regional Minister Hon Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah said currently he is aware that over 800,000 coconut seeds was distributed by the government, which have been planted in 12,500 acres of land the Ministry of Food and Agriculture the ministry of local government and Rural Development, do the planting for food pattern for export Iran development programme hub have also shown considerable investment over the coconut sector of which they must be highly recommended and duly acknowledged.
Therefore use this habitat to inform stakeholders, especially our managerial friends who are here to look out for opportunities in the coconut business to understand that the western region also produces rice and they can also invest in that sector as well as invited guests, invited business people students.
“We are gathered here not only to showcase just to collect potential to the local international investors, but also to refresh our minds about the potential health benefits of the foods and the need to utilise them for consumption. We often refer to the coconut tree or the tree of life, or that is often being fed by is more attractive than nothing” he lamented.
Hon, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah was optimistic that over Millions of individuals in the coconut producing region depend on coconut for their livelihoods due to their high nutritional contents, including vitamins and minerals.
The coconuts communities satisfy environmental objectives in our effort to mitigate climate change through our replanted efforts, reducing global warming and further the global markets demand for Coconut, coconut water, sugar, cream, coconut oil Vizio and activated carbon as is increasing rapidly.
For this reason Ghana have to converted its effort in achieving new means of technology into production, new variety and quality of coconuts, pests and disease to attain our desired results, while the government secures $200 billion dollars to support the coconut sector and other processes, which is highly commendable and praise worthy.
He believe it is defeated to call an oil industry place to invest in the coconut sector to position Ghana as a premium hub. For coconut on the global continents.
Meanwhile the CEO of Ghana Export Promotion Authority Dr Afua Asabea Asare said Ghana now ranked 12th in world production of coconut and than number one producer of coconut in Africa.
GEPA has remained the modest in ensuring farming to its standard of coconuts.
She currently global demand of coconut is 14.5m and Ghana is only producing 11.6m and this is a wake up call to at least bridge the gaps.
Ghana can succeed if government invest more in export earnings for growth of coconut farming as means of livelihoods.
GEPA is committed to working with their partners to move coconut beyond and its value chains.
In his keynote, the deputy minister of food and agriculture the representative of the Hon sector minister, Hon Yaw Frimpong hinted that government is poised to change the mindsets of the illegal miners into coconut farming seems now the coconut sector is more attractive than before.
The government vision and Ghana beyond aid is by modernisating of agriculture and to enhancing human capital.
Ghana tree crops sector contribute 9% to the GDP and planting of tree crops.
It has a significant impact on local economy and also a significant source of income in a household of Ellembele, Cape Coast and Greater Accra of the coastal belt which grew coconut.
The demand of coconut oil is key so there is a need to speed up the efforts and strategically put Ghana into the global markets of coconut.
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