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Ghana to produce cash crop seedlings for export – Minister

Ghana has a target to expand its agricultural economy to cover the production of six cash crops seedlings for sale on the international market, APA learns here.The crops, coconut, oil palm, rubber, cashew, mango and coffee have been identified under the government flagship programme, “Planting for Food and Export (PFE)”, for export to help the country earn some foreign income.

The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, made this known at the opening of a maiden workshop on Seed Knowledge Gateway (SKG) Project in Accra on Monday.

The four-day workshop is being attended by players in the seed industry across the world and organised by Africa Seeds, the implementing agency of the African Union (AU) in charge of the implementation of the African Seed and Biotechnology Programme (ASBP).

Dr. Akoto said Ghana was able to produce 9.3 million seedlings in 2018 and added that the target for 2019 was 22 million seedlings and would export them in the next four years.

The Executive Director of Africa Seeds, Dr. Kuoame Miezan, called for the provision of quality seeds for farmers in the continent to enable them reap maximum benefits from their farms.

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