From the 12th until the 16th of June, NABC, together with GNBCC, organized a horticultural trade mission to Ghana as part of the GhanaVeg program aiming to boost the commercial fruit and vegetable production in Ghana. 10 Dutch companies took part in the trade mission, led by Rubert Konijn from the Topsector T&U. The companies participating were Agri-BSA, BIO Invest, Celtic Cooling, Delphy, Enza Zaden, Green Farming, Omnivent, Suba Seeds, Takii Seeds and Your Business Expansion
The aim of the mission was to find new business contacts, buyers, suppliers, distributors and partners in Ghana. It took place alongside the GhanaVeg Fruit & Vegetable Fair, were the delegation was available at the Holland- in Ghana booth and attended the B2B Matchmaking session, with 80 Ghanaian companies. The vibrant and informal atmosphere of the fair gave ample room for networking, just as a reception hosted by the Netherlands Embassy in Accra.
Next to the Fair and Embassy visits, the delegation visited three fruit and vegetable growers and exporters in the Volta Region and Greenhouse training centres in Aburi and Akuse. Also, the group visited wholesale fruit and vegetable suppliers to learn more about the Ghanaian market and consumer. Still, a lot of fruit and vegetables are being imported. At the same time, the EU ban on some vegetables from Ghana is still in place, limiting export and countering Ghanaian vegetable growers, their growth and ambitions.
Hopefully, the ban will be lifted in September. This, together with the extension of a regional Ghana (fruit and) Veg program until 2020 and the new Ghanaian Government promoting private sector and agricultural development and value addition, are promising developments. This trade mission, has been the start of new partnerships, business linkages and the exchange of knowledge and technology. In the light of current developments, seeds have been planted for future cooperation and business between Ghana and the Netherlands and a further development of the commercial fruit and vegetables sector in Ghana.
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