Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has announced that efforts have been put in place by public and private sector institutions that would help raise output of cashew nuts from the current 50,000 tonnes to 150,000 tonnes by 2025.
Seth Osei Addo, the Deputy Director in-charge of Cashew at MoFA, made this assertion at a validation workshop in Accra, organised by the Cashew Industry Association of Ghana with support from the Africa Cashew Alliance and the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund.
He said that the ministry was worried about the country’s inability to raise output figures to appreciable levels despite having a conducive environment that supported commercial production of the crop.
“This informed the decision to map out and apply strategies that aimed at raising output while supporting companies in the value chain to operate efficiently,” Addo said.
He listed increased supplies of cashew seedlings to farmers, introduction of improved and high-yielding varieties and financial support to players as some of the interventions that were being worked on by the industry.
Commenting on the country’s potential for cashew production, he said: “Even though estimates show that 60 districts in the country are conducive for cashew production, only districts in the Brong Ahafo Region are properly utilised, with 90 per cent of national output coming from that area alone.”
According to him, the potential of the other regions is being underutilized and so called for concerted efforts by the public and private sectors to help reverse the trend.