Minister for Agriculture Hon Afriyie Akoto has heightened the hope of Ghanaians in the Agric sector, stating that the quality of Ghana’s Cocoa is still unmatched anywhere else in the world.
He defended that as the reason why the world market is prepared to pay 15 to 25 percent premium on the world market’s price for Ghana’s Cocoa.
The honourable minister made the above statement so as to flash out fears that China is in competition to Ghana in exporting Cocoa to the international market.
“They exported 450 kilogrammes, not even one tonne. Ghana produces between 800,000 and 900,000 metric tonnes. Cote D’Ivoire produces over two million metric tonnes, so that’s nothing really to worry about. In any case the quality of Ghana’s cocoa is not matched anywhere else in the world -that is why -the world market is prepared to pay 15 to 25% premium on the world market’s price for Ghana’s cocoa,” he indicated.
Dr. Afriyie Akoto also stated that the European Union’s move to ban imports from Ghana is a good one as the EU seeks to prompt the country on ending illegal mining.
“This is a result of ‘Galamsey’. We are destroying our environment and the world is concerned about that. They are saying that we as a government should do something about it so for me it is in the right direction,” he noted.
The Minister for Food and Agriculture, chaired the official ceremony to present a cash prize of GHc570,000 to the 2020 National Best Farmer, Solomon Kusi.