Trade Ministry discusses standard for banana export

  |   Ghana News

The Trade Ministry is proposing a standard for the export of banana to increase earnings from the crop. Deputy Minister Carlos Ahenkorah was speaking at Asutsuare, in the Shai-Osudoku District at a ceremony where Ghana’s biggest banana exporter, Golden Exotics Limited, handed over a new computer laboratory to the Osudoku Senior High Technical School.

Golden Exotics, a subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitiere, entered the Ghanaian market about 12 years ago. It has since established itself as the country’s biggest exporter of banana, with about 60 thousand tonnes exported in 2017. That figure represents nearly 90 percent of roughly 40 million Euros worth of the crop exported within that year.

Data from the European Union shows that over six million tonnes of banana entered the EU market last year. Ivory Coast and Cameroon contribute are the largest exporters of the fruit from Africa. Now the Ghanaian government wants to increase its share of that market. Deputy Trade Minister Carlos Ahenkorah said the government will look to Golden Exotics to help draft a standard for the production and packaging of banana for export.

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