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MMDAs charged to identify locally produced crops for export

By
Rashid Mbugri, GNA
 

Tamale, July 31, GNA –
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has called on the Metropolitan,
Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the north to help identify and
unearth immensed agricultural products that could be developed and promoted
locally for export.

The authority said the
country’s import base was higher than its export leading to higher demand for
foreign products therefore affecting the country’s economic growth and
development.

The Authority made the
call in Tamale during a conference with the MMDAs and other stakeholders on the
implementation of the National Export Strategy in relations to the
One-District-One-Export-Product.

The strategy sought to
identify exportable products within the districts in the country as a measure
to promote exports at the district levels.

Mr Akilu Shaibu, a
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of GEPA addressing participants in Tamale said
there was the need to refocus on agriculture in the country by identifying
crops that could be produced commercially through the value chain to provide
funds and jobs for the unemployed youth.

He said the Region was
selected by the National Exporting Strategy but more importantly based on the
vision of the government that saw export as a key priority to economic growth
and development.

He said the
government’s One District, One Factory programme would ensure a stronger export
base since the exercise of selecting and developing exportable products in each
district would contribute to producing more crops for export.

He said the GEPA was
undergoing structural changes and fundamental realignment to be able to handle
the responsibilities given to them leading to change in export promotion.

Mr Sayibu, therefore
advised the MMDAs to help support the GEPA’s One-District-One-Export-Product
initiative to help promote economic growth and development in the country.

Mr Salif Saeed, the
Northern Regional Minister assured the GEPA that the region had the potential
agricultural products that could be cultivated for export as well as vast
lands, sun shine and water bodies that would provide support for crop growth
and the successful implementation of the export strategy.

He called on the
co-ordinating directors to work closely with the departments of agriculture and
the planning unit at the districts levels to help ensure that the expected
outcome of the GEPA was achieved.

He said this would go
a long way to help create an income generation venture for common funds to be
allocated to their various districts.

GNA

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