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Fruits ban: Agric Ministry admits Ghana canít meet all US standards
Published On: July 3, 2013, 00:33 GMT
 
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Fruits ban: Agric Ministry admits Ghana canít meet all US standards

The ban is reported to have hit hardest the mango industry in Ghana


The Ministry of Agriculture says Ghana may have to continue exporting fruit to the European market because it simply cannot meet all the conditions set by the United States of America.

The US has banned the export of fruits from Ghana and 27 other African countries for poor quality standards.

They are requesting Ghana and the other African countries to deal with the plant pests and diseases to enhance quality assurance of fruits and other export crops from those destinations.

Director for Plants Protection and Regulation Services directory under the Ministry of Agriculture, Vespar Suglo tells Joy News the country does not have the capacity to meet demands by the US.

The measures the US wants Ghana to adopt, he said, include, ďgrow our fruits in screen houses or glass houses so that they will not be infected with the fruit flies or we should have our fruits that we want to export to the US go through an irradiation facility, [but] we donít have an irradiation facilityĒ.

The ban is reported to have hit hardest the mango industry in Ghana, which held a lot of promise as a leading non-traditional export crop.

Many mango farmers, who have invested heavily in the cultivation of the crop in anticipation of good export prospects, are now counting their losses, instead of reaping from their investment.


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