The Government of Ghana is to establish a joint Tree and Industrial Crop Development Authority (TICDA) to regulate the buying and marketing of cash crops such as Oil Palm, Shea nut, Cashew, Rubber, and others, beside Cocoa.
It initiative is the result of the incessant appeal on government to establish a Board like the Ghana Cocoa Board for Cashew for its price regulation, stability and other factors.
But a broad experts consultation by government has advised that an exclusive Board for Cashew “is not the best” since that would imply that there must be separate Boards for the other Tress and Cash Crops in Ghana.
Mr. Kennedy Osei Nyarko, a Deputy Minister of Agriculture said in an interview with Journalists after the opening of the second session of the Fifth Edition of the Master Training Programme (MTP) on Cashew Value Chain Promotion in Africa in Sunyani.
The programme organised by the Competitive Cashew (ComCashew) initiative in partnership with African Cashew Alliance (ACA) and support from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) spanned Monday, July 23 to Friday July 27.
It was aimed at increasing the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of African Cashew Experts along the value chain and thus further promoted the competitiveness of the African Cashew sector and also focused on the development of improved planting material and Cashew pest and disease management.
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