Ghana addressing EU ban on local veggies
from MASAHUDU KUNATEH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – THE Government is putting measures to ensure local vegetables met quality standards required by the European Union.
This follows the European bloc temporarily banning imports of vegetables from Ghana following quality concerns.
Agriculture Minister, Fiifi Kwetey, said the ministry was addressing the issue.
“As a country, we will from time to time have some of these concerns. I don’t think it is the first time we have had those concerns. We are clearly going to take them on board in order to ensure that if we are going to have sustainable exports, we cannot afford to compromise on quality,” he assured.
However, he said some of the issues were out of the government’s control.
“Some of the issues we are talking about are not something at the ministerial level. It has to do with production that is taking place down in the farms.
“We will give to support to them in terms of equipment to ensure that those minimum standards are kept.”
This is not the first time Ghanaian farmers and exporters have faced such setbacks.
Some months ago, mangoes from Ghana was also banned because of fly infestation.
Ghana faced another sanction last year, when the EU noted that fish supposedly from Ghana was actually not harvested from Ghanaian territorial waters.
– CAJ News
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