The Director in charge of Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Richard Twumasi has stated that the importation of tomatoes from Burkina Faso to Ghana has been a worrying development to the Agric ministry and was quick to add that, steps have been taken to reduce the importation of tomatoes into Ghana.
Dr. Richard explains that tomato consumption in Ghana is about 1.2million metric tonnes and Ghana produces about 510,000 metric tonnes of fresh tomatoes and the country only import about 42,000 metric tonnes of fresh tomatoes from Burkina Faso.
The Director further detailed that the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture recently signed a compact that seeks to revitalize the that Agric sector after it suffered some hurdles as a result of the COVID-19 of which some funds are going to be allocated for the tomato production.
He was responding to a question asked on whether government especially the Agric sector has taken a keen interest on the high rate of tomato importation and how it affects the local farmers.
This statement was made in a press conference session at Wa during the 2nd Agribusiness fair and conference organised by the Market Oriented Agriculture Programme in North Western Ghana (MOAP NW) in collaboration with the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council.
The team for this year’s Agribusiness fair and conference was dubbed ” Boosting the Agribusiness Potential of North Western Ghana”.
The occasion hosted both physical and virtual brought together resource persons that deliberated on three thematic areas namely, Climate Change, Digitalization and Women Empowerment.
The event was rounded up with an exhibition fair where industry players in the Agric sector showcased their products and services after a Business to Business (B2B) forum was also provided.
Some participants who spoke to myradiowaa.com expressed their satisfaction and thanked the event organizers for bringing forth the 2nd Agribusiness fair and conference despite the COVID-19 pandemic.