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Seven agro companies receive GhanaVeg awards

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, June 17, GNA –
Management of GhanaVeg Programme which seeks to improve and sustain vegetable
productivity in Ghana, an initiative supported by the Netherlands Embassy, has
rewarded seven agro-based companies in the “GhanaVeg Awards” in Accra.

The awardees are: A.B
Farms – Most Sustainable Business; Lubok Farms – Most Vibrant and Growing
Business; Kukobilo Nasia Farms – Most Inclusive Business; Eden Tree Limited –
Best Business Innovation; Tikola Limited – Best New Product (Domestic),
Joekopan Enterprise – Best New Product (Export) and Fruit Master – Best Booth
at the Trade Fair.

The awards were held
as part of a three-day Fruit and Vegetable Fair and a Business Platform meeting
to discuss agronomic issues and the roadmap for pest reduction in Ghana’s
Vegetable export sector.

The award was to
acknowledge and complement forerunners and companies which have contributed to
and promoted vegetable growth in the country.

The main criteria for
the awards were growth, innovation, inclusiveness and sustainability.

Dr Owusu Afriyie
Akoto, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, commended the GhanaVeg team and
the Netherlands Government for their continuous support to promote vegetable
growth and consumption in the country.

He said government was
doing a lot to address the challenges that came with the ban of vegetable
export to the EU market.

He said the ban was
self-inflicted and stakeholders should take responsibility of some of the
things that went wrong.

Dr Akoto said the
Ministry of Food and Agriculture, with support from the University of Ghana,
were reorienting the whole system to have a sustained structure.

He appealed to
stakeholders to assist in addressing the issues by allowing their products to
be inspected at the farm gate before exports.

Mr Ron Strikker, the
Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, said he was impressed with government making
agriculture the heart of its economy.

He said the Dutch
Government was proud to be a partner to the Government of Ghana in developing
and growing together.

He congratulated all
farmers and entrepreneurs who have contributed to the growth of the
horticultural sector of the Ghanaian economy adding “Holland and Ghana
horticulture are growing together.”

Mr Joep den Broek, the
GhanaVeg Programme Leader, said the horticulture sector was steadily gaining
ground with an increase in productivity and income at the farmer level.

“We at GhanaVeg are
optimistic that this trade mission will further contribute to the increasing in
fruits and vegetables made in Ghana and then gradually exports will also
increase again,” he said.

An 11-member trade
mission from the Netherlands horticulture sector is in Ghana to explore
business and investment opportunities and establish a network with government,
knowledge institutes and the private sector.

Its activities
coincided with a fair on the theme: “Fruits and Vegetables made in Ghana,”
which brought together 50 Ghanaian companies from the vegetable value chain.

GNA

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